Health is front of mind for people considering living and working abroad, according to research from Aviva. Over three quarters say that they would consider moving abroad to help improve their health and wellbeing, with 40% saying that they would do so to improve their work/life balance and 36% believing that other countries offer them a healthier environment and more varied lifestyle. One in three young workers would not consider taking out additional health insurance if they were moving abroad.
One in four have no idea what state healthcare provision they are entitled to if they move overseas. One in five think that they would automatically qualify for free healthcare abroad. 41% wrongly believe that as a UK citizen they automatically qualify for state-funded healthcare within the EU and Commonwealth.
Teresa Rogers of Aviva comments: “In the UK we are in the enviable position of being able to choose to complement the free at the point of delivery health services available from the NHS with a private health insurance policy. In many countries private health insurance is a necessity you cannot afford to be without. Healthcare provision varies greatly around the world and even routine medical care can prove costly in countries that do not offer a similar service to the NHS. Many people have a very limited understanding of overseas health provision which could result in them choosing inappropriate cover or worse still, wrongly believing that either the state will provide cover or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is sufficient."