Having the right international private healthcare is sometimes associated with emergency situations, such as evacuation from the middle of a jungle, life threatening cases of Malaria or major heart surgery on the other side of the world. The policyholder tells the story with a sense of relief, that he or she had the right cover at the right time. The truth is, the majority of health claims reflect the general day-to-day health problems people suffer from in their everyday lives, although being abroad can exacerbate certain conditions. Leading expatriate international private health insurer MediCare International looked at the top types of claims from the past two years, to find out which conditions were more prevalent than others.
The results not only reflect the most common complaints, but the fact that being in a new and different environment can also have an impact on one’s health. The most common ailment is back problems. Back pain is extremely common – about four in five people are affected at some point in their lifetime. Anyone can get back pain, but it’s most common in people between the ages of 35 and 55 or over.