InternationalLiving.com recently released its 2013 Health Care Survey, looking not only at the affordability of medical services and procedures abroad, but at the cost of living and real estate values as well.
With expats and experts alike weighing in, International Living has listed the top seven countries for high-quality health care overseas. To see which countries made the cut, take a look at the slideshow below, and for a breakdown of why each country made the list, visit InternationalLiving.com.
1. Costa Rica
"Costa Rica’s universal health care system 'Caja' costs $30 to $90 per person per month. This covers everything, from prescriptions to doctor visits, tests and surgeries," InternationalLiving.com reports.
"Hospital care in Malaysia is so low-cost that some expats simply pay out of pocket -- no insurance at all," InternationalLiving.com reports.
All four major hospitals in Panama City are affiliated with American hospitals; "most specialists speak English and are affiliated with international medical associations" as well, InternationalLiving.com reports.
"The public health-care system in France pays 70 percent of most medical costs, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, lab tests and more. Expats get health insurance to cover the remaining costs." InternationalLiving.com reports.
Expats can take advantage of what's known as a “mutualista, a membership [at] a private hospital that takes care of all your health needs for a monthly payment," according to InternationalLiving.com.
"Mexican hospital chains are modern, well-equipped and much less expensive than their U.S. counterparts. A mammogram costs $60 out of pocket," InternationalLiving.com reports.
An Ecuadorian health insurance plan can cost around $70, according to InternationalLiving.com.