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One of the most important issues that you should consider when deciding whether retirement abroad will be suitable for you is healthcare. There are many factors that need to be considered with regards to medical issues. Firstly, it is vital that you have adequate insurance, which will cover you abroad for all eventualities, including repatriation. Whilst many retirees live long, healthy lives overseas the likelihood of a requirement for medical attention is much higher and people can expect to encounter many more health problems in their post-retirement years. It is therefore crucial that you ensure that you have excellent health insurance that is valid for retirees.

A further key consideration when you are planning retirement abroad should pertain to the quality and availability of the health services in the retirement destination. You should thoroughly research the medial facilities that are on offer and, in the event that you have an existing medical condition, should ensure that they have suitable facilities with which to provide you with adequate treatment. Some areas of the world will be better for this than others. Many parts of Latin America and Asia boast top-class hospitals, internationally trained staff and offer treatment at a fraction of the price than that found elsewhere in the world.

Finally, you need to be aware of emergency procedures; who to call in an emergency and which hospitals that will be the most suitable for your needs in the event of an emergency. Every country throughout the world has an emergency number, although in some places it is better to phone the hospital direct.

You need to make sure that you register with a hospital as soon as possible and undergo a full examination so that they have your records. Find out which is the best hospital for expats and register there. Always carry your insurance card and hospital registration card on you. Many hospitals across the world will not give treatment without proof of insurance and this could be the difference between life and death.

The Expat Info Desk international relocation guides contain detailed information about how you can assess health and medical services in popular expatriate destinations together with thorough information about the type of insurance you will need and how much you can expect to pay for all types of treatment.

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