International Health Insurance
Lebanon is a small Middle Eastern country that spans an area of only 10,452 km² and a total population of just over 6 million people, 4 million of which are Lebanese nationals. There are more Lebanese people living outside of Lebanon (8-14 million) than within Lebanon; and the largest Lebanese diaspora is in Brazil where 6-7 million people are of Lebanese descent. Despite being one of the smallest countries on the Asian continent, Lebanon is home to a variety of ethnic and religious groups, and has developed a renowned culture in the Arab world.
The health care system in Lebanon is one of the best in the Middle East, with almost 7.5% of the total GDP spent on healthcare annually. Although medical facilities are limited in the rural areas, hospitals and medical facilities in Beirut deliver some of the top levels of health care in Lebanon and in the Middle East. Expats living in Lebanon typically prefer to receive private healthcare treatment, as the standards of private medical facilities in Beirut are equivalent to those of the top facilities in the US and in Europe. Language barriers aren’t usually an issue as doctors and medical staffs are generally proficient in English and French, in both the private and public healthcare sectors.
The most well-known private hospital in Lebanon is the AUBMC (American University of Beirut Medical Center), and is recognized as one of the leading private hospitals in the Middle East. The AUBMC provides primary healthcare services and inpatient hospital care, with doctors and medical staff that specialize in a wide range of services. Due to their reputable level of medical care, the AUBMC usually receives emergency patients with serious health conditions and injuries, both from within Lebanon and from across the region. However, it is noteworthy to mention that some medical facilities in Lebanon may ask for an instant cash payment upon admission, and in some cases, if you are unable to pay, they may refuse your admission to the hospital altogether.
Before moving to Lebanon, you are advised to ensure that your vaccinations are up-to-date for protection against common diseases such as: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR). One of the major health concerns in Lebanon is the availability of clean, drinkable water. Public water sources across the country are mostly polluted and unsafe to drink, despite the Lebanese government’s efforts to mend the situation.
Receiving quality medical treatment in Lebanon can be very costly, so both expats and travelers are advised to purchase a comprehensive health insurance plan in order to cover any potential medical expenses. Evacuation cover is also advised, depending on where you stay within Lebanon.
For these reasons, we strongly encourage Lebanese nationals with dual nationalities, expats, and visitors in Lebanon to purchase a comprehensive international health insurance policy which provides an emergency evacuation and repatriation benefit. Furthermore, as Lebanon is torn with socio-political tensions, many potential threats persist and additional war and terrorism covers may be essential.
If you are a Lebanese dual citizen living in Lebanon, we at MyBroker Inc. are available to assist you with your comprehensive international health insurance needs, including emergency medical evacuations and repatriation. If you plan on only visiting Lebanon, we are available to assist you with your travel health insurance needs, whether you are a solo traveler, travelling with your family, or with tour groups.
For more information about the Lebanon health insurance policies we can offer, please feel free to contact us today.