Living abroad is an option that many people begin to think about as they approach retirement age. One key consideration is usually top of the list of planning priorities: everyone needs to know what kind of healthcare provision is available in their chosen location.
We review the ten best healthcare systems in the world, with a focus on the needs of older and retired people who want to live abroad.
Our review examines the quality of healthcare that is available, the accessibility of that healthcare to ex-patriate residents, and financial factors that may influence your choice of location for retirement.
We consider both public and private healthcare provision, and we look at how healthcare is paid for at the point of use, which usually entails some form of regular tax or insurance contribution and sometimes involves additional fees.
Switzerland has a very long-standing reputation for high-quality healthcare. Its scenic mountain landscape and wonderful fresh air have attracted visitors of all ages for centuries. Healthcare in this country is based on a well-regulated and affordable system of private providers and compulsory health insurance for every resident.
Some of the best clinics and doctors in the world are in Switzerland, and this makes it an obvious choice for anyone looking for excellent healthcare provision. One important point to consider is the high cost of living in Switzerland. It is not part of the European Union, and some goods and services can be relatively expensive.