Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Scandal of NHS charges for British expat pensioners living overseas

British expats living across the world can be confused as to their entitlement to free NHS healthcare should they need to return to the UK. For British citizens who’ve decided to retire overseas after paying social security dues all their working lives, the use of the UK’s free NHS healthcare whilst living in another country as an expat has been controversial for some years. Up until recently, the law stating the NHS is a residence-based service was mostly ignored, especially for UK expats who’d returned to the UK specifically...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

90 year old expat leaves Thailand as compatriots deride immigration unfairness

As a result of negative changes in attitude towards Western expats in Thailand over the past decades, as well as the toughening up of visa requirements, a 90-year old invalid expatriate is leaving for an overseas city with a warm climate. Donald Graber chose Thailand as his retirement haven when the Southeast Asian country was the promised’ Land of Smiles’, genuinely welcoming strangers from the West and making them feel they’d found their forever home. Over the years, Donald still saw Thailand as the place he loved, but began...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Should expats bring their own loo paper when in a Czech hospital?

Amid the furore in the expat world over compulsory private health insurance, Czech hospitals’ demands that patients supply their own toilet paper might at least raise a smile. Over the past 20 years, the medical and surgical standards of Czech healthcare have mostly improved, but a recent report might well suggest a third world mentality is still creeping around hospital corridors. The disgruntled son of a recent patient brought the request into the public eye by telling local reporters about his 86-year old mom’s first SMS...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Healthcare insurers taking full advantage of the rise in expat numbers

It seems the much-derided ‘nanny state’ in first world countries is now being replaced by the rapacious private healthcare industry in just about every popular expat destination. 'Private healthcare insurance' is the new buzzword for greedy insurance companies looking to profit from the expat diaspora gathering speed in countries across the world. Private hospitals are springing up like mushrooms in the most unlikely places, staffed by the same medics formerly constrained to public medical facilities dealing with expats as well as...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Will new Kuwait health insurance rule discourage expat arrivals?

Kuwait’s new rule on mandatory health insurance for all visitors including expatriates arriving on relocation is to be brought in over the next few months. The rule will apply to all arrivals, from short-stay tourists through longer-stay family visitors and expatriates arriving to take up a new reassignment. Details of how the law will be implemented aren’t yet available, causing concern to companies as regards new appointments as well as to established expatriates bringing in their families. The given reason why the rule has been...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait warned over Kuwaitization in oil and gas sector

As Kuwaitization rolls on, top executives in the emirate’s oil and gas sector are warning about its effect on essential revenue supplies. Concerns are concentrating on ‘compulsory employment’ plans, stating pressure-driven sackings of expat top talent and its replacement by local graduates without experience will have a negative effect on revenues, projects and budgets. One problem being mentioned is the accreditation of fake university degrees in order to obtain jobs. Sources are stressing accreditation bodies’ endorsement of...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Catch these cheap expat destinations before it’s too late

As the global expat community soars, it’s inevitable that costs of living will rise, even in the most economical destinations. Not everyone who leaves the home country for a future overseas has a generous salary plus perks or a gold-plated pension, with many of the world’s best-loved retirement destinations also some of the least expensive as regards costs of living and housing. It should be borne in mind that pensions paid in home country currency might be affected by the ups and downs of the currency exchange marketplace, but...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats lose Dh millions in UAE timeshare scam

Many hundreds of expats living and working in the UAE have lost millions of dirhams in total to a cleverly-worded timeshare scam. Expatriates both in Dubai and across the UAE are believed to have been tricked into the scam by a Dubai- based company calling itself Arabian Times Travel and Tourism. It’s believed around Dh4 million is involved, with victims still coming forward and an alert on the company first hitting local media as long ago as last September. The cleverly-worded prospectus offered lifetime memberships allowing...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Advice for British expats should no-deal become a reality

As the March 29 deadline looms closer and the British parliament becomes even more disorderly, a huge number of UK expats are still totally confused about the effect on their lives of a no-deal exit. Although the vast majority of EU member states have now reassured their British expat communities as to their rights in the event of a no-deal crash out of the EU, expats are still confused over many aspects of their lives. For example, expats who have money in British bank accounts and use their debit cards to access funds when needed...