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This is a question we are often asked. The answer depends on a number of factors including the type of cover needed, the length of time you will require cover, add-ons or cover for pre-existing conditions.

By Allianz Worldwide Care | June 01, 2016

Allianz Partners - This is a question we are often asked. The answer depends on a number of factors including the type of cover needed, the length of time you will require cover, add-ons or cover for pre-existing conditions.

What influences the cost of my insurance?

There are a number of factors that international health insurers take into consideration when assessing the cost of your insurance. These include:

Geographic location: the cost of health care in the country you are moving to will have an impact on the cost of your insurance. For example if you are moving to the United States where healthcare is more expensive your premium is likely to be more higher than if you are moving to Europe. To try and mitigate these costs for the consumer many health care providers offer insurance by geographic location. Allianz World Wide Care offer health insurance that excludes medical cover in the US at a reduced premium from worldwide cover.

Payment method: how you choose to pay for international health insurance can impact the overall cost. Many insurers put a percentage charge for paying in quarterly or monthly installments, even the card you use to pay can have an impact. To save money, pay annually by bank transfer or using a debit card.

Your age: many providers take your personal circumstances into account when quoting for international health insurance and your age plays a part in this. In general, the older you are the more healthcare you are likely to require so your premium may be more. In this regard we always recommend looking for a plan that is right for your stage of life.  

Extras required: the extras you require are going to vary depending on your needs. Some options include:

•    Maternity cover

•    Extended outpatient cover

•    Dental cover

There are ways to reduce the cost of your health insurance. We have compiled most of them into this useful article.

Sample costs for International Health Insurance

To give you an idea of how much international health insurance may cost we have developed a few sample scenarios. None of these are based on actual customers, any resemblance is purely accidental:

The Sorensen Family

Nationality: Swedish

Ages: Bjorn, 41 Eva, 36 and Ana 3

Living in: The Cayman Islands

Although they were not planning on living abroad Bjorn received a job opportunity in the Cayman Islands that was too good to miss. Planning to stay at least two years, international health insurance is a must. The Sorensen’s believe it is likely that they will add to their family while they are abroad so they have opted for maternity cover. Having a small child, outpatient cover is also essential.

In-hospital cover: Yes

Maternity cover: Yes

Out-patient cover: Yes

Dental cover: No

Repatriation plan: Yes

Total cost of cover: €11,232

Patrick Boyle

Nationality: Irish

Age: 35

Living in: Singapore

Patrick is moving abroad for the first time. Although he is rarely sick if he became ill he wants to be able to see a doctor straight away and he occasionally has problems with his teeth so he has opted for out-patient and a dental plan. To reduce his premium by 5% he is accepting a €450 deductible on in-patient costs.  A deductible is an amount which is payable by the member and which will be deducted from the eligible reimbursable sum. Patrick is in a position to pay on an annual basis by bank transfer.

In-hospital cover: Yes

Out-patient cover: Yes

Dental cover: Yes

Repatriation plan: Yes

Total cost of cover: €4,128

Joanne Turner

Nationality: English

Age: 33

Living in: South Korea

Joanne has been teaching English in South Korea for the last 2 years. She loves life out there and is well established in Seoul and through work has found a great GP and Dentist. She requires hospital cover and should the worst happen while she is away, she wants repatriation costs to be covered. She is in a position to accept a €750 deductible to reduce her premium by 10%.

In-hospital cover: Yes

Out-patient cover: No

Dental cover: No

Repatriation plan: Yes

Total cost of cover: €1,140

As you can see from these examples we really can tailor a package to suit your needs and budget. If you are not sure which option is right for you, give us a call, our multi-lingual team of experts are happy to help.