Bulgaria is growing in popularity as an expat destination thanks to its low cost of living, scenic countryside and proximity to the rest of Europe. While the country is known to have exceptionally well-trained medical professionals, its facilities often suffer from poor standards due to a lack of infrastructure and funding.
There are a large number of private practices, however, with many practitioners drawn to the more lucrative opportunities in the private sector. For those working in Bulgaria, including foreign residents, payments towards the country’s national health insurance fund are compulsory.
Medical staff in the larger cities will most likely speak English, but expats living in rural Bulgaria may have trouble finding medical assistance in their language.