Malta's Standard of Living
Residents here enjoy an exceptional standard of living with an average living cost substantially lower than that of Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland and Cyprus. At the same time, the island's very low crime rate means that Malta is a safe country and, with Pendergardens as your centre, makes an ideal base for you and your family.
Malta is fast establishing itself as an international centre for health, medical and dental tourism. If you are thinking of living in Malta, the Maltese medical profession is well respected and the island’s hospitals are able to handle the most complicated surgical interventions. In fact, Malta was ranked 6th in EU25 country members based on total expenditure on health as percentage of gross domestic product (WHO 2004).
The country is also ranked 15th in the Euro Consumer Heart Index ranking of European cardiovascular healthcare systems. It boasts first-class medical facilities, too. In November 2007, the new state-of-the-art, 825-bed, 25 operating theatre, national hospital called the Mater Dei became operational. In addition, you’ll find 3 private hospitals and a number of private clinics to choose from. At Pendergardens, you are never far away from any of them.
(Source: Malta Enterprise)
Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter the Maltese Islands. Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy. Malta has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom. Nationals of these countries, visiting the Islands for no longer than one month, are entitled to free medical and hospital care in both Malta and Gozo. Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription or a letter of introduction from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase particular medicines.
Malta has always been a favourite place for parents. The educational system in Malta offers numerous private, international and public schools as well as a number of institutes and a university. The Government of Malta has always placed great emphasis on the importance of an educated workforce where education is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16. Expats living in Malta are able to enroll their children in a local school but because state schools often teach in Maltese, parents tend to educate them privately.