Over 75 per cent of employees would consider moving abroad to help improve their health and well being, according to new research from Aviva UK Health.
Research found that around 40 per cent of UK workers would move abroad to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as 36 per cent seeing other countries as a healthier environment and more varied lifestyle.
25 per cent said that they are not fully aware what state healthcare they would be entitled to of they were to move abroad, and a further 17 per cent believe that they would automatically qualify for free healthcare.
Almost half of the respondents (41%) wrongly believe that as a UK citizen, they automatically qualify for state-funded healthcare in the EU and Commonwealth.
Over a third of young workers (34%) wouldn’t take out additional health insurance if they were going to move abroad.
Teresa Rogers, international sales and marketing manager at Aviva UK Health, said, “In the UK we are in the enviable position of being able to choose to complement the ‘free at the point of delivery’ health services available from the NHS with a private health insurance policy.
“However, in many countries private health insurance is a necessity you can’t afford to be without.
“Healthcare provision varies greatly around the world and even routine medical care can prove costly in countries that don’t offer a similar service to the NHS.
“While we’re delighted to see that the majority of people would consider taking out additional private health insurance if they move overseas, our research clearly shows that many people have a very limited understanding of overseas health provision which could result in them choosing inappropriate cover or worse still, wrongly believing that either the state will provide cover or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is sufficient.”
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