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Top 10 countries in Asia where to expatriate

Juil 15, 2023
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Top 10 countries in Asia

Top 10 Asian countries or expatriates regarding health and well-being.

Are you looking to move to Asia? No worries, Expatmedicare has compiled the top 10 Asian countries for you to go to! Different aspects are to be taken into account when you are thinking of expatriating to another country. Among the most important, health and well-being. Without further ado, our top 10 Asian countries:

10. Indonesia

The world’s largest archipelago boasts idyllic beaches, lush mountain ranges, and cities teeming with activity and opportunity. Indonesia is one of the popular destinations for expatriation, thanks to many opportunities. However, the health system is not on the same standards as Europe. Be careful to take out good health coverage to cover the costs of private clinics.

9.Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an ideal destination to go to work. Its bubbling economy offers you many career opportunities and a very active life. However, you will have to adapt to the culture shock that awaits you on your arrival, as well as to the heavy air pollution. The health system is good there, especially in the private hospitals, but these are often at high prices.

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8. Philippines

A booming economy, beautiful beaches, tasty and varied food, a low cost of living, and unique nature are so many reasons to settle in the Philippines. The country is covered by national health insurance Philhealth. But the healthcare system is inferior to other countries on the list. So take your precautions and good health insurance.


Nothing is easier in Vietnam than finding a job. Add to that a welcoming population and a fascinating culture, modern hospitals in the cities and Vietnam deserves its place in our top 10 countries in Asia. Take your precautions all the same because the pollution is important there. In addition, you may be in contact with certain viral diseases such as malaria.

6. Thailand

The quality of life is very interesting there thanks to its mild climate, its cost of living much lower than in Europe, its luxuriant nature and its relaxed way of life. Its health system in the big cities is very satisfactory, making Thailand one of the best destinations for expatriation.

5. South Korea

With one of the most reliable health systems, which has resisted the Covid-19 pandemic. South Korea stands out for its unparalleled quality of life. Between large cities and captivating nature, it deserves a place in this ranking.

4. Malaysia

Malaysia is also a preferred destination. With its strong mix of cultures, it will be easy for you to integrate. Its cost of living is very low, and it is easy to enjoy, with its wide choice of foods and its beaches. The medical network is developed, and the staff often trained in the United Kingdom, which makes Malaysia an increasingly popular destination for medical tourism in Asia.

3. Singapore

With its stifling heat, Singapore is an ideal destination for work. The country is full of jobs, and English is spoken by the entire population. Its infrastructures, its education and health system give Singapore a very good quality of life, although quite expensive. You will need good insurance to avoid paying the sometimes exorbitant prices for care. The country is however very strict with the pandemic and can penalize expatriates which prevents it from taking second place in our top 10 Asian countries. More information on the Singaporean healthcare system.

2. Japan

Japan can attract you with its unique and fascinating culture, its unparalleled security, and its appetite for young talent. The quality of life there is expensive but very high, and its health system is one of the best in the world. It is modern and has public and national health insurance accessible to all people living in Japan. However, it is strongly recommended that expatriates take out health insurance before their departure due to very high health costs.


The happiest country in Asia, Taiwan will win you over with its low-cost living, career opportunities, security, and healthcare system. The country has indeed accessible and quality care, as well as good health coverage, the National Health Insurance. However, it is reserved for emergencies in public hospitals, so supplementary health insurance is important. A life of comfort awaits you in this country which deserves its first place in the ranking of this top 10 Asian country!

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How to cover hospital costs?

For ideal coverage, it is best to use international health insurance. This insurance can cover you in full in private hospitals, as well as internationally when traveling or if you wish to receive treatment in your country of origin. Additionally, some hospitals in Shanghai can be extremely expensive.

Private hospitals have the advantage of offering short lead times and better service. This option is more comfortable but also more expensive. An international insurance can therefore cover this expense. International health insurance is generally insurance 1er euro/dollar, different from mutual insurance. If you or your spouse are French, you can also subscribe to the CFE and at an additional cost, more information here.

How to find insurance?

The easiest way is to compare all the offers one by one. But the loss of time will be considerable.

To help you in this process, getting help from a broker is often the most advantageous solution, because he can advise you and direct you to the right insurance.

Our team of experts can help you through this process and help you find the perfect insurance for your needs. In addition, our perfect knowledge of Shanghai, thanks to our on-site representative office, allows us to stay as informed as possible and to be as close as possible to help you. Contact us!

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