Source: Julie Shannon
For those who are EU citizens moving within Europe then you will be entitled to the same access to healthcare facilities as the locals. Being aware of what you are entitled to locally is important so that you don’t become victim of healthcare scams. For example as this article discusses how some UK residents ended up being charged for European healthcare cards that are available free from their national health service.
Arranging healthcare provisions can also be problematic for those who are not EU citizens or for those moving further afield. Most expats will opt to take out some form of private medical insurance but with the number of companies offering different policies and terms, sifting through page after page of small print can be bewildering. It might be worth having a look at this article by HR Magazine that looks at how to go about choosing a private medical insurer.
As well as seeking medical treatment abroad, expats should also consider what health requirements and restrictions the governments in their new homes have on those seeking work visas. The Daily Telegraph for example discusses changes in UAE vaccination regulations. Even if your new home does not mandate certain vaccinations it is always advisable to check what local vaccinations are recommended and ensure you leave enough time before you travel to complete any courses of drugs you need. The Travel Doctor website has region by region lists of the vaccinations you need before you travel.