Health insurance is included in payment of taxes, but there are many problems within the system. For expatriates living and/or working in Moscow, the same access to the healthcare system may not be possible. There are some exceptions as some countries do have reciprocal health care agreements with Russia. For example, British nationals do not need separate health insurance because their domestic health insurance is valid in Russia as well.
Employment by a Russian company usually offers free health insurance which you can use in any policlinic or hospitals.
If you are a student in Russia, you are provided with free health care by your university.
Travel Insurance can help protect you while you are away. Before purchasing travel insurance, make sure the policy will be recognized by Russian medical facilities. You will find more details in our Travel Guide.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Moscow is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Russia. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
EasyExpat.com works in partnership with APRIL International to provide specific insurance solutions for travelling or staying outside your country of nationality.
Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Russia: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.
For more information on expat health insurance in Russia, visit our partner APRIL International