Healthcare in Asia
Asian health systems are world famous for their qualities, their innovations and their accessibility. This point is important when moving to Asia. How to deal with a new care system and social protection? How to reconcile care quality, accessibility of professionals and control of health expenses? To enlighten the health level in Asia, we have focus on 7 destinations. So how is healthcare in Asia?
The healthcare cost in Asia and infrastructure
The differences with the rest of the world
The expatriates generally appreciate the healthcare quality systems in Asia. In fact, whether it is the local system in most countries, or the quality of the international infrastructures, there is a great deal of satisfaction with the professionals encountered and the waiting times imposed.
However, many differences exist and the difference can often be a shock. Especially if you are going to the local system.
Local hospitals or private clinics?
The health system in Asia is separate into two sectors: the public (government) and the private, much more expensive but with several advantages. All doctors in the public and private sectors have received the same training as their European or American counterparts.
However, you will find doctors who speak very good English in private hospitals, trained in prestigious universities. Public establishments are affordable, but they are often overcrowded and waiting times can be long. In addition the appointments are shortened as much as possible.
The private sector, on the other hand, benefits from greater flexibility in appointments. They also offer a better quality care and services and dedicated support. Everything suggests that the private sector is a better option than the public. However, be careful with the cost of consultations and hospital stays, which can reach enormous sums.
Do not forget to inquire about the cost of medical expenses of the establishments you wish to consult!
How to protect yourself from expenses?
The best way to protect yourself against health costs is to purchase local or international health insurance.
Health insurance will cover you and your family by reimbursing your health expenses. This insurance may even advance the costs, allowing you to seek treatment as quickly as possible. As in Thailand, where the ospitals can ask you to pay in advance.
If you want to purchase insurance with international coverage, it will work in many countries (within the coverage area of the chosen insurance policy). Thus, if you prefer to seek treatment in your country of origin or another country in the event of a specific pathology, you can medical costs will be covered.
How to find this insurance?
The easiest way is to compare all the offers one by one. But the waste of time will be considerable.
To help you in this process, you can ask a broker is often the most advantageous solution, because they can give you sound advice to direct you to the right insurance. They are indeed professionals always in touch with high-end insurance. They know the coverage and services of each company inside and out.
Our team of experts can help you with this process, and help you find the perfect insurance for your needs. Contact us!
You can also read our article which lists the qualities of good insurance here