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Increasingly, individuals are considering moving abroad to countries that offer free healthcare as a major reason for the move. In the US, the high cost of healthcare is a significant factor driving this desire to seek medical care in countries with more accessible healthcare systems. Expatsi conducted a survey that revealed 70 per cent of those in the US relocating abroad hoped to benefit from free medical care in their new country. With half of American adults finding it challenging to keep up with healthcare costs, the appeal of relocating to countries with free healthcare is evident.

While free healthcare is a valuable benefit, it is not the only reason people are considering moving abroad. Gallup polls show that 15 per cent of individuals in the US are considering leaving the country for adventure and personal growth. Jen Barnett, co-founder of Expatsi, advises individuals to focus on finding a place that feels like home by considering factors such as weather, culture, laws, and language. Despite the ease of moving abroad, it is essential to obtain the necessary visas to live and work legally in the desired country. While many think having a laptop and Wi-Fi are all they need, securing the proper visa is crucial to avoid any legal or tax issues.

Not all countries with universal healthcare offer free medical care to everyone. It is essential to research the rules and regulations of the desired country before making the move. Residents, including expats, may be entitled to free healthcare in some countries, while tourists are less likely to benefit from the country’s healthcare system. In popular European countries for expats, such as the UK, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, the availability and cost of healthcare for foreigners vary. It is crucial for expats to understand the healthcare system in their target country before moving.

In the UK, foreign residents must pay for the health system unless they have residency, which includes an annual NHS contribution. In France, residents are required to have health insurance, and the state system does not cover all health costs. In Spain, citizens are covered for doctor appointments and treatment, but private health insurance may be necessary for certain services. In Italy, foreign residents are categorized into mandatory and voluntary registration, each with its own cost requirements. Germany’s healthcare system requires all residents to have health insurance, whether public or private, and premiums are calculated based on income and health risks.

Brazil stands out as the only country in the world with genuinely universal and free healthcare for everyone, including tourists. Healthcare is considered a human right in Brazil, and as such, it is available to all individuals free of charge. This unique system provides access to medical care for all individuals in the country, regardless of their residency status or nationality. Overall, when considering a move abroad for free healthcare, it is essential to research the specifics of the healthcare system in the target country to ensure access to the necessary medical services.

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