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.
The healthcare system in France consists of both public and private elements. Most people contribute to the basic, national healthcare coverage and then top this up with an additional private health insurance. Private insurance policies give speedier access to specialist services and higher grade rooms in hospital.
One advantage of the French system is that there is considerable choice in the level and type of investment in healthcare insurance available, so that choices can be made according to each resident’s own requirements and preferences.