Visiting the Doctor in Egypt



Egypt provides a universal health care system to its residents. But expats should not be expecting top-notch medical standards as the quality of public health care is substandard.

Expats can opt to purchase private health care, particularly in Cairo. Egyptian private health care provides a higher quality of medical care suited to one's needs. Most Egyptians who can afford to pay also choose to receive private medical treatment. Expats are advised to obtain private or international health insurance to better provide them with coverage, as the present economic situation in the country is hostile and can lead to medical emergencies.

Private hospitals in Egypt usually accept medical insurance policies. Expats who have purchased an international health insurance in Egypt should ensure their coverage include treatment and medical evacuations to a different country. As Egypt is going through a period of instability and civil unrest, expats will benefit from having international health insurance plans set up in the event that any emergency situations happen while in the country.

When it comes to cosmetic treatments, Egypt has always had a large number of foreign visitors who go to the country for cosmetic procedures. Compared to western countries, the cost in Egypt is reasonably priced. A thigh liposuction in Egypt can start at only USD$260, as compared of shelling out USD$2,000 in western countries.

Doctors in Egypt are trained abroad and can often speak excellent English. The medical staff is also well-equipped with skills to cater to international patients though some may know only a little English. Clinic hours are usually late afternoons and evenings. Consultations with a doctor can start at USD$50 per visit while cosmetic surgeons charge at USD$600 per consultation.

The events occurring in Egypt are impacting the country’s economy and expats who plan to obtain medical treatment are advised to consider obtaining international health insurance for wider coverage.