Healthcare Difficulties for Expatriates in Brazil

There have been some stories in the media over the past few years about a healthcare crisis for locals and expats in Brazil. In the recent past, some local hospitals had to turn away many patients due to a lack of medical supplies. This is concerning for expatriates residing in Rio and other cities in Brazil. We will discuss the healthcare system in Brazil along with some recommendations for expats in Brazil to stay safe and healthy.

Health Crisis in Rio De Janeiro

According to Brazil’s health ministry, Brazil promised to hire 2,500 extra medical staff in the state of Rio de Janeiro in January 2016. This is because Brazil is suffering from a funding crisis that has left many hospitals understaffed due to which condition of healthcare crisis for locals and expats in Brazil raised. Many of the healthcare facilities are lacking essential medical equipment. Brazil’s healthcare problems are not limited to Rio de Janeiro. Indeed, due to the overall economic crisis in Brazil, the cost of maintaining the country’s satisfactory healthcare system has been a burden for the government. Many officials have concerned that local hospitals will not be able to provide desired medical care for travelers and expats entering Brazil before and after the Olympic ceremony.

According to the World Health Organization updates, travelers to Brazil should consult the travel advice issued by their national authorities. A medical check-up should be scheduled at least 4 – 8 weeks before departure in order to allow enough time for vaccination completed. WHO suggests that expats going to Brazil should be vaccinated against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, etc.

Since July 2015, Brazil has interrupted measles transmission. In 2016, Zika virus also makes Brazil a threat within the country and abroad. Without adequate healthcare infrastructure, Brazil is facing the biggest risk of spreading diseases. Furthermore, in February 2016, WTO advised pregnant women not to travel to Zika-affected areas – this includes Rio de Janeiro.

Health Advise For Travellers to Brazil

Based on the health risks assessed by Brazilian health authorities, the access to antimalarial drugs while in Brazil will be limited. Therefore, expats and travelers should purchase these drugs before departure. It is critical for expats and travelers entering Brazil to obtain international health insurance. An expatriate health insurance plan can let you select the hospital, doctor or other medical service providers that best suit your needs. The policy is flexible and world-wide. local medical plans do not provide medical coverage while expats are traveling out of the country or going back home. local medical plans in Brazil are aimed to cover basic medical needs that are not suitable for most expats.

Medical emergency evacuation is a critical part of expatriates healthcare insurance. It is crucial to ensure that expatriates have an emergency medical evacuation plan before relocating overseas. The cost of ambulances, helicopters, traveling medical care and planes can be incredibly high if you do not have an adequate evacuation plan.

Bring International Health Insurance With You To Brazil

Expat Financial can source coverage for expatriates in Brazil, especially through our comprehensive global health plan with Cigna International or you can choose our Allianz Global Health Plan. We can also source global benefit plans for companies with expat employees in Brazil.

Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to venture in to Brazil:

If you require a quote for expat health insurance in Brazil, contact Expat Financial today.

Visit Portugal

Quick Guide to the Golden Visa Program in Portugal

Your Guide to the Golden Visa Program in Portugal – Information for Expatriates

Portugal’s Golden Visa Program has been immensely popular since 2012 when it was first made available to non-EU/EFTA (European Free Trade Association) nationals. Applicants for this program who want to move to Portugal and make a certain amount of investment in the country’s real estate are eligible to obtain a residence permit. To date, over 6,500 people from around the world have received residence permits in the country, with their investments totaling over €4 billion. Until recently, most of the beneficiaries of Portugal’s Golden Visa Program were Chinese; however, other nationals have started catching up too. Our firm is talking to more and more expats moving to this beautiful country through the Golden Visa plan because they require international health insurance.
Read more

Health Insurance Worldwide

Top 3 Global Health Insurance Companies for Expats

Learn About the Top Three Global Health Insurance Providers for Individual Expatriates

In this blog article, you will learn about three excellent global health insurance providers that Expat Financial offers to expatriates. If you are about to move abroad or already living the expat life, you probably know that emergency and chronic medical conditions incurred while living overseas can be quite expensive and even bankrupt you and your family. You may be healthy now, but unfortunately, that can change in an instant.

Read more

global medical

10 Things to Consider When Buying Global Health Insurance

Ten Things to Consider When Buying Global Health Insurance

Purchasing global health insurance is a big decision and choosing the right coverage and the insurance company is both difficult and daunting for most expatriates. There are lots of insurance terms that you may not be familiar with and of course the fine print. Global healthcare is quite different from domestic policies and some expats come from countries with universal healthcare or they were covered by their parents or employer’s plans, so they may not have purchased individual health insurance before.

Read more

Global Nomads

9 Questions To Ask Before You Become An Expat

9 Important Questions To Ask Before You Become An Expat

Planning to kick-start your journey as an expatriate? Still confused about deciding to settle abroad? Moving to a foreign country on a short-term or long-term basis is in no way an easy choice to make. Your international assignment is a big step in your career, life or even retirement. You may even be going abroad for a few years for extended travel. To make the most of your days on foreign soil, asking yourself a few questions will certainly help. Here are 9 questions to ask before you become an expat living abroad, or even if you have already moved offshore to your dream destination:

Read more

USA Flag

Health Insurance for Canadians in the USA

Health Insurance Options for Canadian Expats in the USA

Our company is contacted almost every day by Canadians living in the USA or about to live in the United States who are not eligible for local healthcare. More often than not, it is the parent of a student living in the USA who is calling us to find a high-quality expat health plan for their Canadian son or daughter. They all know the cost of medical care in the USA is extremely expensive – some expenses can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands.

Read more

International Health Insurance

How to save money on your international health insurance premiums

Living overseas is often an expensive endeavour for individuals and families who plan to work, retire or travel abroad for over one year. Perhaps the most important decision before you live abroad or even if you are already an expat is what global health insurance you should obtain, the insurer you will choose and the plan coverage options. There are lots of expat health insurance companies and providers to choose from and endless insurance options that can be very confusing for expatriates. As an international insurance brokerage firm with extensive experience and knowledge in this domain, we have put together six ways expatriates can save on their international health insurance premiums & coverage. It should be noted that these tips apply equally to both group and individual global health insurance premiums.

Read more