Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

11 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Malta meet with lawmakers over continuing Brexit uncertainty

The expatriate community in Malta is becoming ever more concerned about its government’s unanswered Brexit questions. Even although the Maltese government’s take on post-Brexit expat rights gives unequivocal reassurance about expats’ futures on the island, the community as a whole is fearing the devil is in the detail. Concerns along with a host of unanswered questions prompted a 200-strong British expat group[ to attend a recent conference about Malta’s position in a post-Brexit EU. Issues brought up included changing a...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Survey takes on male expats’ concerns over local healthcare

It’s unusual to have a survey created just for men, but the results of this study are somewhat of a surprise. In expat-aimed media nowadays, there’s a huge focus on private health insurance, its high cost and the possibility of the small print preventing a payout. Healthcare for expats has always been a controversial subject, as premiums tend to be massaged upwards and care given can be less than expected or needed. Interestingly, the results of a recent study of male expats living overseas revealed a majority of respondents...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2019

New Cyprus healthcare service causing problems for expats

Expats living and working in Cyprus are being denied online registration access to the island’s recently launched national health service. EU citizens including expat Britons as well as Turkish Cypriots living and working on the island are complaining to local media that they’re unable to register online for the General Healthcare System. In addition, expatriate Greek residents are being told they must present proof of their residency even although they’re paying into Cyprus’s Social Insurance Fund and special agreements exist...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows a lack of expat confidence in overseas healthcare

A recent survey has revealed over 70 per cent of male expat respondents are concerned over the quality of healthcare in their present countries of residence. The survey, unsurprisingly undertaken by an international private health insurance company, also showed some 65 per cent of men would rather return to their home country for medical procedures than risk something going wrong in their present locations. Major worries were the quality of medical care in overseas facilities and the high cost, with being away from their families in...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expat tax dodgers in BVI to be hit with harsh penalties

In a bid to reform the British Virgin Islands’ labour and immigration laws, the government is cracking down on tax avoidance by expats. BVI Prime Minister Andrew Fahie has announced the crackdown in order to improve government finances and ensure security, quoting many instances where expat work permits are renewed but no tax, health insurance or social security contributions are being paid. This, he said, needs to be tackled, with violators being subject to stringent financial penalties. Fahie believes the islands’ borders...
31 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats applaud Thai government for taking on overpricing at private hospitals

Thailand’s private hospitals will no longer be able to hit patents with massively overpriced treatment bills following a government introduction of laws to keep charges in check. The government’s decision follows a massive number of complaints by expats and Thais against local private medical facilities all over the country, with the phrase ‘being ripped off’ a familiar comment by former patients. Whilst many expats as well as locals choose to go private in order to avoid long queues at state-run hospitals, an increasing...
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...