I’ve been avoiding this topic because it’s like trying to catch a fish with your bare hands, no better way to describe it. Insurance in general is a tricky subject, but health care in recent years has evolved into a complex algorithm, even more so for those of retirement age living overseas. Pre-conditions, policy inclusions, exclusions, personal medical history, desired treatment locations, facility needs and wants, service level options, premiums, payment plans, pre-payments, co-payments, deductibles, policy limits, age, hereditary conditions, and other parameters conspire so that practically no two people have the same insurance needs and limitations. I wrote an article recently detailing the cost of living for a typical foreign retiree residing in Vietnam. The budget in the article includes ‘medication and doctor’ and ‘health insurance.’ I explained that the medication and doctors’ visits I need are inexpensive (for now) so I pay out of pocket, but best to insure as prices will no doubt increase. I also mentioned that I have inpatient hospital care insurance from Bao Viet that costs just over VND5 million (about US$220) per year, very inexpensive. There is a long list of excluded ailments, plus others where a one-year waiting period is imposed before treatment can… Read full this story
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