While the majority of expats have found that they may be richer and happier moving abroad, it seems that one aspect of life which is not always better is health. Almost half (44%) of expatriates believe that in their new country the standard of healthcare is very disappointing according to a survey by leading expatriate health insurer, Bupa International. In fact, one in five expats worldwide believe that that their health has deteriorated since moving abroad.
The research also shows that one in five expats say they would rather be treated outside their country of origin or current residence if they fell seriously ill. The countries topping the table of where people would most like to be treated given the choice are Singapore (23%), followed by the USA (15%) South Africa (10%), and the UK (10%).
Dr Sneh Khemka, medical director for Bupa International said: “These findings are very interesting – while Singapore is seen to have the best healthcare by nearly a quarter of expats, the truth is that while there are many excellent hospitals in Singapore, the quality of healthcare available there varies, like it does in every country around the world. Therefore, it’s very important to have access to expert medical advice when living abroad to be sure that you are going to be directed to the most appropriate facilities, whichever country you’re in.