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International Health Insurance
International Health Insurance ImageThroughout the world, the demand for first class International Health Insurance has never been greater. As social health insurance services that could once be relied upon are no longer able to keep pace with the ever increasing cost of medical treatment, so the need to make alternative arrangements has become of crucial importance, particularly to the expatriate. For those expats living and working abroad, accessing the right kind of health insurance cover can turn out to be a nightmare, with the cost of medical treatment often costly and tricky to arrange particularly in an emergency.

How important is international health insurance?

Individual countries have broad variations as to how much of their national resource they are willing to invest in healthcare. Healthcare is a huge industry, requiring vast sums of money to span preventive, primary and specialist care. Most developed nations spend at least 10% of their gross domestic product on healthcare, and this is rising every year. In the US the figure is now reckoned to be closer to 20%. And with a few exceptions, the more money there is, the better the healthcare system.

A study published in The Lancet last year highlights this. The researchers compared cancer survival rates across five continents. They found that people in high-income countries that spend more on healthcare live longer. And it’s well known that life expectancy in developing nations is frequently (but not always) lower than that of richer nations.

In summary, you get what you pay for. When it comes to buying a car, most of us are happy to accept that cost equates to quality. When it comes to our health, the reality can be harder to swallow. This is especially true in richer nations, where people think that they’re entitled to good healthcare.
 


The Global Healthcare Lottery – how lucky are you? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 10:20

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. But when it comes to healthcare systems – variety isn’t always a positive. Dr Sneh Khemka looks at why healthcare standards vary so much around the world

Introduction

Those of us who have a certain level of income or who come from the developed nations are bestowed a great privilege – we have access to the best doctors in the best hospitals in the world.  We are more or less guaranteed high quality treatments when we need them.

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Malaria - why does a curable disease continue to kill?
Friday, 29 May 2009 13:48

Despite all the progress made in medicine, one tiny parasite continues to kill hundreds of thousands every year.

Dr Sneh Khemka, Medical Director at Bupa International, asks why malaria is still such a problem

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Asthma – The Silent Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2009 11:27

Asthma – The Silent Pandemic
Far from being a mild condition, asthma can prove potentially fatal

by Dr Sneh Khemka, Medical Director, Bupa International  

The word ‘pandemic’ has, in the last few weeks, been uttered from thousands of lips the world over and the media frenzy over swine flu has kept our collective public health attention firmly focused on viruses.

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Bupa International - A Company Profile Print

Bupa International has 38 years’ expertise in caring for the healthcare needs of expats and their families around the globe. Covering over 800,000 people in 190 countries, Bupa International is the largest international expatriate health insurer in the world, supplying quality individual and group medical cover to people who are in their home country or living abroad for six months or more. The company is part of the leading international health and care group, Bupa.

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