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Healthcare a key concern for Australia's expats

21 December 2011 - 12:49pm

When it comes to relocating to a new country, getting to grips with the healthcare system can be a significant challenge.

It's common for expats moving to Australia to take out private health insurance and in some cases it will be a sponsorship requirement.

With that in mind, it is perhaps not unsurprising that healthcare is a major concern for Australia's expat community, according to a major international study.

The HSBC Expat Explorer survey found that only 31 per cent of Australia's expat community felt they had better healthcare since relocating, compared to a global average of 36 per cent.

When it comes to arranging private health insurance or understanding the government's Medicare system, it can be a good idea to get some professional and independent advice.

Once they get their healthcare covered, other aspects of expat lifestyle are in much better shape.  Respondents to the survey said they are much more likely to be active in sports since relocating to Australia and tend to prefer their new working environment.

In fact, local work culture is ranked first among the 31 countries surveyed. Furthermore, Australia is third globally for children's health and wellbeing.

"This can be attributed to the healthier lifestyle these children lead, for example, 75 per cent of expats think their children spend more time outside and 81 per cent feel their offspring are playing more sports since moving," the report said.