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Study Shows Local Healthcare is a Primary Concern Amongst Expats

As expat numbers continue to increase worldwide

<p><em>As expat numbers continue to increase worldwide, new research shows that the majority of expats living overseas are concerned about local healthcare.</em></p> <p><br /><em><strong>July 31 / CA, USA /</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The number of expats living and working abroad has been increasing rapidly over the last decade. An increasingly mobile workforce and better cross-border country relations have set the stage for a global trend towards international mobility.</p> <p><br />Studies show that the number of expats has been growing by by around 5.8% since 2013, and new estimates predict that 87.5 million of us will be living overseas by 2021.</p> <p><br />This trend has prompted more researchers to look into the challenges of expat life, and one recent study found that one of the biggest challenges related to access to healthcare.</p> <p><br />According to research from a global healthcare provider, a whopping 84% of male expats have needed to access healthcare while abroad, but 72% of them are also concerned about healthcare in the country they&rsquo;re living in.</p> <p><br />The study found that the majority of both men and women would go as far as to travel back to their home country for medical treatment.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />Researchers also asked participants in the study about the reason for their concerns and found interesting results. 26% of expat men said they were concerned about the quality of medical care they would receive. An equal number said they were concerned about the cost of treatment.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />Other concerns related to being away from their families, logistical concerns, and language barriers.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />The number of expats concerned about healthcare also varied depending on the country they were living in. Only 64% of expats living in the UK were worried about local healthcare, compared to 94% of expats living in Hong Kong.</p> <p><br />While it seems to be normal to be concerned about healthcare when you start a new life overseas, some experts believe these concerns - particularly financial concerns - could be largely mitigated if more expats were to take out appropriate health insurance.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />Regular travel insurance policies often don&rsquo;t provide the right level of coverage for expats that live abroad long-term. Instead, more suitable global health insurance policies are available, which are designed specifically for expats. Companies like <a href="">Now Health International</a> provide these types of expat medical insurance for those living abroad for more than one year.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /><strong>Source:</strong> Now Health Insurance</p> <p><br /><strong>Contact</strong>:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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