Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

The reality of forcing expats in Thailand to buy expensive private healthcare insurance

As the possibility of all expats in Thailand being forced to buy private health insurance or have their visas cancelled sinks in, one local online English language newspaper publishes its survey results. The long-stay expat community in Thailand is split between those working in Bangkok companies, those running their own small businesses in Thailand’s major cities and those who chose Thailand as the perfect retirement destination. Although there are no demographics showing the comparative numbers in each location, it’s fair to...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Dubai racks up its heathcare insurance coverage for cancer and Hep C

Expat holders of Dubai’s Essential Benefits Plan basic insurance package are to get unlimited coverage for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer as well as Hepatitis C. According to an advisor to the Dubai Health Authority’s newly formed Dubai Health Insurance Corporation Saleh al Hashemi, the new insurance cover will start on January 1. An amount of Dh19 per health insurance policy will be deducted and placed in a trust account aimed at contributing to the cost of free cancer treatment for workers in the emirate’s Low Salary...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait lawmakers approve draft law forcing expats to buy health insurance

Kuwait’s National Assembly legislative committee has approved a draft law forcing expatriates in the emirate to pay mandatory health insurance. The new bill comes as the Assembly and the Kuwaiti government approved a law establishing expatriate-only hospitals. Along with the compulsory private healthcare insurance, charges for expatriate medical services obtained in public hospitals are also to be introduced. At present, expats living and working in Kuwait must pay KD50 at the time of their annual residence permit renewals in...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Free post-Brexit healthcare for Brit expats now on the cards

Whilst the word ‘Brexit’ has become a source of worry and fear for British expatriates living, working, retiring or even studying in EU member states, one concern is the most scary – that of continued healthcare. UK expat state pensioners have been the hardest hit by the possibility that post-Brexit healthcare will no longer be free or, in most cases, even affordable on a paying basis for those who’ve higher levels of savings. Reassurances, reports on progress, firm answers or even breakdowns of possible options have not been...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Cuenca offers UK expat retirees everything at great prices

As popular European destinations become more expensive and less accessible due to Brexit, UK retirees are being urged to consider crossing the Atlantic and heading south! Whether it’s Brexit, diminished savings due to the financial crash or poorly-advised investments, an increasing number of British retirees are fearful their monthly pensions won’t cover their expenses in the UK or in Europe, especially should private healthcare insurance become mandatory. Dream retirements after a lifetime of work definitely shouldn’t include...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU promises Brits visa-free travel after no-deal

The European Commission has now promised visa-free entry to Britons wishing to take short trips to the EU after a no-deal Brexit. The offer, which must still gain agreement from the EU parliament and the EU Council, would allow British citizens to visit France, Spain or any other countries in the Schengen zone and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. Several stages are involved in allowing a new EU law, but it’s expected the offer will pass. Should Brexit end with a no-deal exit, the new law would...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expat women banned from owning Kuwaiti property

Expat women are forbidden to own Kuwaiti property after an appeal court judgement was overturned at a higher court. By overturning an initial court judgement which allowed an expat woman to own half of a Kuwaiti man’s house, Kuwait lawyers have effectively banned expat females from owning Kuwaiti property. The Court of Appeal had granted the right of half-ownership to the woman, but the emirate’s Court of Cessation Civil Circuit reversed the decision and dismissed the case. The property had originally been built by the female...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Algarve hospitals risky for expat heart attack patients

If you’re planning to retire to Portugal and have heart problems, it’s best to avoid the Algarve. Portugal is a favourite destination for expat retirees from the UK due to its reasonable cost of living, good weather and affordable property, with the Algarve already home to a sizeable expat community. Unfortunately, one statistic which hasn’t as yet featured in either the British media or local papers is bad news for expat residents at risk of having a heart attack. A recent study has revealed as many as 30 per cent of heart...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2018

South Korea to toughen health insurance rules for expatriates

The South Korean government is to revise the rules by which expats and Korean citizens living overseas access its national health insurance system. According to the Korean government, the toughening up of its national health insurance regulations is the result of the exploitation of loopholes in the system by expats, allowing expensive treatments to be provided for small payments. The changes will take effect from early this December, according to the Korean Ministry of Health. It would seem foreigners have been taking advantage...