Despite being a small country, Lebanon is a diverse country that has often been the centre of many Middle Eastern conflicts. This is partly because of the fractured society and politics that exist in the country, but also because it straddles Israel and Syria. The country is primarily made up of Shia and Sunni Muslims, Christians and Druze religions who have often not coexisted peacefully. After a disastrous and long civil war, there have been some significant economic and political progress for the country.
The capital city Beirut has long been called the Paris of the Middle East and is a fairly cosmopolitan city that is becoming more and more popular with expatriates. It is often viewed as a chaotic, but also a cosmopolitan city with exciting nightlife, music and excellent food.
Healthcare for Expats in Lebanon
Often the quality of medical care for expatriates and local nationals in Lebanon depends on the region that one resides in. There are both public and private health providers in the country with a mix of regulations and quality. Most expatriates in Lebanon are exempted from social security contributions and have to obtain private international health insurance coverage. There are private hospitals where expats can seek medical care that can usually meet Western standards. For serious medical conditions, it may be advisable to seek medical care outside the country, thus evacuation coverage is critical. It may also be important to seek a plan that doesn’t exclude war or terrorism because of the higher risk of civil strife in Lebanon. To know about healthcare system in Lebanon check out our healthcare region page.
Insurance Plans for Lebanon
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to venture into Lebanon:
- International Health Insurance for Lebanon
- Expatriate Life and Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Special Risk Plans
- Group Expat Insurance Plans