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Navigating insurance abroad – the expatriate’s guide

Text by Medal Seguros

Living as an expatriate in Portugal presents unique challenges, and selecting the right insurance is a crucial aspect that demands careful consideration. With a multitude of options available, choosing the right coverage can be overwhelming. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of making an informed choice, and why engaging a reputable insurance broker is particularly beneficial for expats in Portugal.

Why choosing the right insurance matters

Selecting insurance goes beyond compliance; it ensures comprehensive coverage aligned with your unique needs. Expatriates face distinct challenges, including language barriers, differences in healthcare systems, and unfamiliar legalities. Therefore, having insurance tailored to these challenges is paramount.

The role of an insurance broker

A seasoned insurance broker acts as a knowledgeable guide, helping expatriates navigate the complexities of the local insurance market. Here are some compelling reasons to consider their assistance:

  1. Expertise and local knowledge – brokers possess in-depth knowledge of the local insurance landscape, ensuring expats receive advice tailored to their unique needs.
  2. Personalised guidance – brokers offer personalised advice, taking the time to understand individual circumstances and preferences.
  3. Language assistance – brokers bridge language gaps, ensuring clear communication and comprehension throughout the entire process.
  4. Claims assistance – in the event of a claim, brokers provide valuable support, guiding expatriates through the process and advocating for their best interests.
  5. Comparative analysis – brokers conduct thorough comparative analyses, identifying policies that offer the best value and tailored coverage.

Conclusion – making an informed choice

Choosing the right insurance is pivotal for expatriates in Portugal, whether it’s health, household, motor, travel or any other. A reputable broker acts as a trusted partner, ensuring that the chosen coverage aligns seamlessly with the expatriate’s unique circumstances. The guidance and expertise of a broker become invaluable when navigating insurance complexities in a foreign country, providing peace of mind and comprehensive protection.

At MEDAL, as Portugal’s leading insurance brokers for expats, we are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of our clients through a dedicated approach, allied with a comprehensive service and a specialised claims department. With offices strategically located in Portimão, Almancil, Estoril, and soon also in Lagos, we offer personalised assistance to all expats and clients, ensuring it aligns seamlessly with their lifestyle.

For more information on health insurance and how it works in Portugal, just contact us.

Portimão: (+351) 282 430 800
Almancil: (+351) 289 351 000
Estoril: (+351) 210 523 130
(chamadas para a rede fixa nacional / calls to the national landline)
[email protected] | www.medal.pt

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