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QUIZ: Can you guess the cost of healthcare in different countries?

Test your knowledge of healthcare costs around the globe. You might be surprised by how much even a routine procedure like a root canal could set you back!

QUIZ: Can you guess the cost of healthcare in different countries?
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You may be the picture of health but you never know what's around the corner. If the unexpected should happen and you don't have the right health insurance plan, you could find yourself seriously out of pocket.

ASN's multi-lingual international insurance experts are always on-hand to find comprehensive cover for you wherever you go and whatever you're doing. You're not just another case to ASN, they will fight your corner to make sure your every move is covered.

Take the quiz to test your knowledge of how much you risk spending on healthcare around the world without adequate health insurance.

 

How much does healthcare cost in different countries?

 

You might be surprised by how much a routine procedure can set you back.

 

Let's get stuck in! In the United Kingdom, a routine colonoscopy can cost…

 

In Spain, the same procedure costs…

 

A root canal in Singapore can set you back…

 

Giving birth naturally in the US comes in at $10,808. Compare that to South Africa, where your bill will total…

 

Cardiac catheterisation in pricey Switzerland costs…

 

Hip hip hooray! A new hip in Spain costs just…

 

An overnight stay in an Italian hospital costs…

 

Your healthcare knowledge really needs a checkup.

 

Now that you know how much even a routine procedure can set you back, you understand the importance of protecting yourself. ASN is an expert in international insurance, fighting through the insurance jungle to find you the best solution for every situation.

 

Your healthcare knowledge is pretty healthy

 

Well done, you know that the cost of healthcare around the world can really vary. That probably means you also understand the importance of healthcare insurance. ASN is an expert in international insurance, fighting through the insurance jungle to find you the best solution for every situation.

 

Your healthcare knowledge is in great shape!

 

Bravo! You know that healthcare often doesn't come cheap, which means you probably know the importance of healthcare insurance too. ASN is an expert in international insurance, fighting through the insurance jungle to find you the best solution for every situation.

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* REFERENCE: All costs in this quiz were taken from International Federation of Health Plans, 2015 Comparative Price Report, 'Variation in Medical and Hospital Prices by Country'

Currency conversions correct as of March 2019.

This content was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by ASN international insurance.

 

For members

HEALTH INSURANCE

The essential insurance many foreigners in Sweden forget to sign up for

When moving to Sweden, a lot of the paperwork is mercifully simpler than in many places – at least once you arrive. But one crucial insurance can be easily missed, and can end up costing a lot if you fail to apply.

The essential insurance many foreigners in Sweden forget to sign up for
Making sure you sign up for this important insurance could save you thousands of kronor. Photo: Emelie Asplund/imagebank.sweden.se

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is responsible for providing a range of benefits and allowances, including sick and disability pay, child allowance, and many other forms of social security. 

In order to receive these benefits, you need to be insured in Sweden. You don’t pay anything for this insurance, but you do need to actively apply to be completely covered.

Some benefits are linked to your employment. Work-based benefits like sick pay, parental benefit, and injury compensation are available to people who work in Sweden – employees, self-employed people, and contractors are all insured for these.

Other benefits are available to everyone legally resident in Sweden, regardless of whether you’re working, but only if you sign up with Försäkringskassan.

This includes child allowance, parental benefit at the basic level, income support for the elderly, and several other benefits. 


You need to register with Försäkringskassan to be eligible for dental care subsidies in Sweden. Photo: Simon Paulin/SvD/TT

One important one is dental care.

You will be eligible to receive medical care in Sweden on the same terms as Swedish citizens as soon as you are registered with the Tax Agency and have a personal identity number, personnummer (non-EU citizens should arrange insurance to cover them before this point).

But for dental care, you need to register with Försäkringskassan in order to be eligible for Sweden’s dental subsidies.

Dental care is free of charge for people under the age of 23. After this age you are required to pay, but are entitled to an annual subsidy depending on your age, as well as high cost protection which means you never pay above a certain amount for dental care in a given year.

So how do you apply?

If you move to Sweden together with a child (aged under 16), the agency should contact you once you have registered with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) and received your personal identity number. 

But for people moving here without children, you need to actively register with the agency – simply having your personnummer is not enough. It is important to do this as soon as possible after the move. Even if none of the benefits are relevant at the time when you move, it’s a key step just in case something unexpected happens.

One reason for that is that registration is not automatic. In fact, the process can take several months, and you are not insured during the waiting time. 


Registration is not automatic, and can take several months. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB Scanpix/TT

Once you have got either a residence permit or have registered with the Tax Agency, you can register either online at forsakringskassan.se, if you have Swedish BankID, or by sending off a form, which you can find in English here. You will need to provide copies of your permit or, if moving from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, proof that you are no longer covered by social insurance in that country. 

If you are not able to be added to the population register, for example if you cannot prove that your stay will be over a year, you should still apply either online or via the same form, and the agency will check if there are any forms of compensation you may still be eligible for.

When you register with Försäkringskassan, you can also apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) at the same time. The benefit of this is that when you travel within the EU, you will be eligible for the same healthcare at the same prices as local residents. 

If you become eligible for a benefit, for example if you need long-term sickness compensation or are expecting a child, you will need to let the agency know by either filling out a form or using the My Pages section of the website to apply for that compensation.

The exception is the dental subsidy, which you do not need to apply for because everyone is eligible. All you need to do is tell your dentist that you are registered with Försäkringskassan and would like to use your subsidy towards your payment.

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