Czech Culture & Adaptation Multicultural Family

The business of expat insurance

April 9, 2010
Family Cut-out Medical Insurance Concept, photo by Billion Photos/

Photo by Billion Photos/

A potentially sticky situation for some newborns to non-EU parents

Having appropriate medical insurance is a pressing concern for those of us who live abroad. No one wants to end up hospitalized in a foreign country amassing large out-of-pocket bills for medical care. The Czech Republic by law requires foreigners to have medical insurance for the duration of their stay in the country. Issuance of temporary and long-term visas is contingent upon having health insurance that meets the approval of the Czech foreign police. However obtaining Czech insurance isn’t the most straight-forward business, nor is finding medical personnel willing to accept the limited versions of Czech insurance that the state issues to foreigners.

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