Expatriate Global Medical Plans: Reviews, Plans, And Coverage Options
Expatriates have unique and serious considerations when choosing both an expatriate insurance provider and a plan to cover themselves and their families. There are a variety of international health, travel, and trip insurance plans. For this section, we will focus on International Health and Medical plans that are especially important for expatriates. Specifically, this section provides detailed information on expat healthcare coverage for expatriates living abroad for multiple years.
International Medical Insurance Plans for Expats
Many expats are not covered under a corporate or group health plan. For those individuals (or families), an international health plan should be purchased. These policies provide either worldwide or regional medical coverage and also can include components of trip insurance, evacuation services, and repatriation benefits. The best providers have global networks of healthcare providers which you can access and will “direct-pay” to hospitals & caregivers.
Cigna Global Medical Plan for Expatriates
The Cigna Global Health Insurance plan is a great option for expats for many reasons. Expatriates like the modular plan design which allows you to pick certain benefit packages that you need while excluding certain benefits that you do not. Additionally, the service is excellent – which is what you are really paying for. Claims are processed quickly. Finally, the global network of doctors and hospitals is very strong.
- The flexibility to tailor a plan to suit your individual needs
- Access to Cigna Global’s network of trusted hospitals, clinics, and doctors
- The convenience and confidence of 24/7/365 customer service
Aetna International Health Plan for Expats
Aetna is a world leading in international insurance and offers a high-quality plan that is priced well and backed by excellent service and a strong network of hospitals. Aetna International offers a variety of coverage tailored to internationals residing in various countries throughout the world. Plans are determined by where you are coming from and where you are moving to. Aetna is not available for expatriates living in the USA, China, Australia, Hing Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, and select other countries. Request a Quote today and we will let you know if you qualify.
- Fortune 100 company with more than 800,000 expatriate members worldwide
- Access to Annual Health Exams & Medications
- Talk to global member support 24/7/365
GeoBlue for US Expats Abroad or International Expats in the USA
GeoBlue’s Xplorer plan is a premier plan for expats in the USA or US expats living abroad. GeoBlue provides access to the Blue Cross / Blue Shield network of doctors and hospitals in the USA and an exclusive list of providers worldwide. As with all of the plans listed, you do have the option to choose any doctor anywhere in the world for your care. For US expatriates living abroad, the GeoBlue Xplorer plan will provide you with up to 9 months of coverage in the USA, which is the most available from these international medical plans.
- Premium Benefits, Coverage and Service
- Define your deductible and prescription benefits
- For Foreigners in the US or US Citizens Abroad
Additional Specialty Expatriate Health Insurance Plan Providers
Premier Health, administered by PA Group, is a well recommended international provider focused on providing high-quality global coverage throughout the world. We recommend the Premier health Plan for Expatriates in South and Central America, Plans offer residents full coverage in their home country (excluding the USA) and worldwide year round. Free Premier Health Quote / Apply
International Medical Group – IMG offers the widest range of products, from trip cancellation to long-term international medical plans (IMG Global Medical). IMG’s plans are affordable and best suited for younger expatriates or global nomads. For more than 20 years, IMG has provided international medical insurance, travel insurance, and affordable coverage to the international community insuring clients in more than 170 countries worldwide. Free IMG Quote / Apply
IntegraGlobal, a U.K. company that has service offices strategically placed worldwide in Europe, North America, and Asia, specializing in providing health plans to organizations and individuals with unique health protection needs, such as expatriates, marine professionals, and specialized risks. IntegraGlobal’s goal is to develop unique international health plans that offer you outstanding protection, excellent value, and hands-on unbeatable personal service. Integra: Integra Quote / Apply Links
How Much do Expatriate Medical Insurance Plans Cost
Premium, or cost, calculations are typically based on a policyholders country of origin, age, medical history and country of coverage. Typically expat insurance plans will offer two areas of cover; a) Worldwide, excluding the USA or, the more comprehensive option, b) Worldwide coverage. Other companies may have separate pricing by region and will possibly exclude certain areas of high risk. Providers are looking at both the risks associated with living in certain areas and the costs of healthcare in those areas when determining the price. Most providers will rank countries by the cost of medical care and will adjust premiums accordingly.
The cost of an expatriate health insurance plan can range from as little as $50 per month, for a basic plan with in-patient hospital benefits only, to more than $1,000 a month for a comprehensive medical plan covering most, if not all, of your medical expenses. Below are a few sample costs for one of our more popular expatriate medical insurance plans. Prices below can with additional deductibles or by adding or removing benefits as desired.
Sample Expat Health Insurance Premiums
| Who: A 25-year-old from Canada teaching English language in Colombia.
Plan: Silver plan including Emergency Medical Evacuation
| Who: UK couple in their early 30’s and their 2-year-old son living and working in UAE
Plan: Platinum plan including International Outpatient, and Health and Wellbeing
| Who: A Retired couple from the U.S., both 65, residing in Costa Rica.
Plan: Gold plan including Emergency Medical Evacuation and US Cover
Expat Healthcare – Portability and Maintenance of Cover
Expat healthcare insurance plans for expatriates are typically portable – meaning they will cover you for periods of times in all countries. As expatriates are more likely to be traveling to multiple countries throughout the year, a global policy provides for continuous coverage regardless of where their sickness occurs (typically limited after returning to your home country). If you need coverage in your home country as well, make sure you find a provider that can provide worldwide coverage.
Expat Medical Insurance: Application and Underwriting
Underwriting is, simply put, the process through which your application is reviewed (approved or denied) and your premium is determined. Typically, medical underwriting is where the insurance provider asks a series of medical questions during the application process and provides the applicant with details of what they will and will not be prepared to cover. The applicant will usually be required to get documentation from their doctors as well as other healthcare providers. Occasionally, if the applicant is symptom and treatment free of any medical issues for a specified period, they may be offered coverage on the understanding that they will be underwritten every time they claim against their policy.
Shorter Term Coverage for Travelers
If you are abroad for shorter periods, consider a travel medical plan which can provide assistance during emergency medical situations abroad. These policies are less expensive as they are time specific rather than annual policies, this allows the policyholder to precisely tailor the plan to the exact length of their trip. You can typically get coverage for a single trip or multiple trips (annual trip insurance) insurance.
We always recommend you do your research so that you understand how your policy will assist you should you need urgent medical care while abroad. Countries have varying levels of quality in their hospitals and healthcare facilities. Many will require immediate payment for services before assisting you. The best plans include emergency hotlines to help you understand where you should go for care, talk with providers on your behalf and cover up-front expenses, so you don’t have to.
Your health insurance is an essential and complex purchase. If you need help with securing expatriate insurance plan, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team who will be happy to assist you. We work with many premium providers across the globe and can find the best plan for your specific needs.
Recommended Expatriate Health Plans for Specific Regions:
- Canadian Expats Abroad: Health Insurance and Overseas Coverage
- Expatriate Health Insurance for Australians Living Abroad
- International Health Insurance for Japanese Citizens Abroad
- International Medical Insurance for US Expats Abroad