Survey takes on male expats’ concerns over local healthcare

Published:  2 Jul at 6 PM
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It’s unusual to have a survey created just for men, but the results of this study are somewhat of a surprise.

In expat-aimed media nowadays, there’s a huge focus on private health insurance, its high cost and the possibility of the small print preventing a payout. Healthcare for expats has always been a controversial subject, as premiums tend to be massaged upwards and care given can be less than expected or needed. Interestingly, the results of a recent study of male expats living overseas revealed a majority of respondents aren’t happy with the quality of their local facilities, especially when compared with the high cost. Some 84 per cent of male expatriates have been forced to access local healthcare facilities, with a further 72 per cent criticising healthcare provisions in their host country and 65 per cent stating they’d travel back home if receiving medical treatment became essential.

The specific concerns of 26 per cent of respondents concentrated on the actual quality of the treatment offered as well as those who were providing it, and the high cost was a further factor for discontent over local private hospitals’ set-ups. Other factors included the facilities themselves, and 15 per cent were concerned about being apart from their loved ones, with paying up-front for treatment and arranging treatment in an unfamiliar language also points of concern. Obviously, expat males’ concerns about various aspects of private healthcare varied dependent on their countries of residence, with almost all respondents living in Hong Kong voicing their concerns and 84 per cent of those in the UAE also worried about local standards of expertise. The opinions of some 65 per cent of expats in France were less than complimentary, and healthcare in Canada and the UK were negatively focused on by 65 and 64 per cent of expats respectively.

As regards returning home for medical care, 74 per cent of those surveyed in the UAE said they would, with 61 per cent in France, 49 per cent in Hong Kong and 42 per cent in Canada agreeing. One thing the survey showed for sure is that the vast majority of male expats are unhappy about almost every aspect of private healthcare in their present locations, with many feeling they’re being ripped off by excessive charges as well as receiving less than competent professional services. As to returning home for treatment, expats from the USA would have the highest healthcare costs on the planet to deal with, and those turning up in the UK might well find the nearest hospital closed down as almost all of its expat professionals had fled back to their home countries due to Brexit!
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