Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

15 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Shanghai considers dedicated green channel for expat healthcare

Expats in Shanghai may get a dedicated green channel for healthcare. A Shanghai political advisor is calling for a dedicated ‘green channel’ to be made available to expats in the city as they’re having a hard time getting to see doctors due to language problems, cultural differences and high charges. Advisor Yang Jing is proposing the measure in order to help deal with those in the city’s expat community who’re afraid to seek medical assistance when needed. Shanghai’s expat population is the highest of all Chinese...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat visitors to major Saudi events offered free three day visas

In an attempt to boost its flagging tourism industry, Saudi Arabia is now offering free visas to expats in the Arab States interested in visiting major events. Residents living in the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will be allowed visa-free entry for a three day stay, enabling those interested to visit several of the major events due to take place over the Kingdom’s festival season. Events include the Riyadh Season and Al Ula’s Tantora Festival, with the latter taking place in Saudi’s northwestern quadrant. The idea of giving free...
24 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Vietnam is now favourite for expats giving up on Thailand

Vietnam is now an all time favourite for expats, whether they’re looking to retire, start a small business or teach English. Unhappiness and insecurity about swinging changes to Thailand’s visa requirements as well as a general feeling of being no longer welcome has sent Thailand plummeting in expat survey rankings against Vietnam’s increasing popularity. In one study taken earlier this year, formerly popular Thailand’s quality of life, affordability, digital life, well-being and safety and security all lost ground to Vietnam,...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Health Insurance scheme denied to expats in BVI

Local politicians in the British Virgin Islands aren’t happy about newly-arrived expats accessing the territory’s National Health Insurance plan. One Opposition representative has raised the issue in the BVI parliament, voicing his objection to newly-arrived expats having access to the scheme after just one month whilst locals are unable to have immediate access to much-needed healthcare. The politician’s main concern seems to be that incomers may already have conditions which need immediate treatment and are blocking the way...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Taiwan now banned from renting bikes

Expats living in Taiwan are angry about being banned from renting bikes. A recent change in YouBike’s rental policy has angered a good number of expats living and working in Taiwan as they’re now banned from using the popular bike-rental service via there EasyCard smartcards. Furious foreigners who’ve regularly used the convenient service for getting about the congested city of Taipei are claiming the ban shows the country’s discrimination against expatriates. The ban was the brainchild of Taipei’s department of...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expatriate residents in Bahrain to face mandatory health insurance

Expats living and working in Bahrain will face mandatory private health insurance requirements from mid-2020. The recently-passed law in Bahrain now compels all expats living and working in the emirate to pay mandatory monthly contributions to the official health insurance fund in order to access both public and private health centres and hospitals. The law will become effective on December 1, with the scheme itself expected to go live in mid-2020 after a launch planned for this year was put back. According to the new law,...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat pensioners in Thailand facing triple whammy of high baht, falling property prices and soaring inflation

Expats forced to leave Thailand are finding themselves caught in a property sale trap. For an increasing number of expatriates in Thailand looking to leave for a less restrictive alternative or even returning to the home country, the property market slump is seriously bad timing. Many long-stay Western expat retirees who sold their homes and used the cash to buy a Thai condo or villa are now unable to keep up with immigration’s ever-increasing financial demands and are looking to sell or rent before giving up and trying somewhere...
25 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait debates increased medical insurance fees for expats

If expatriates still need convincing that, whatever the excuse given, the global-wide rush towards compulsory private health insurance isn’t all about the money, this should bring enlightenment! Two days ago, Kuwait’s Ministry of Health announced the collection of some KD25.2 million of charges for expat health insurance over the first six months of the current year. The money came from both online and offline health insurance sites, with last year’s expat health insurance charge figures raking in KD 109.2 million. According to a...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Controversy continues over effect of compulsory health insurance for expats in Thailand

Heartbreak looms for elderly expats in Thailand via compulsory private health insurance. Whilst it seems the present requirement is to be mandatory for expats arriving on the O-A so-called retirement visa, and also on its annual extensions, there’s still a great deal of confusion about expat retirees whose retirement visas are of the ‘O’ type. At present, the interpretation of official immigration announcements seems to exempt this class of visa from compulsory private health insurance, but Thailand is Thailand and things...
18 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat volunteers can see the world whilst protecting its species and peoples

For the majority of would-be expats heading overseas to start a new life, it’s all about the money and prestige a successful relocation can bring. However, not every purchaser if an airline ticket to a foreign land has this motivation, as increasing numbers of talented volunteers are taking time off to use their skills to benefit humanity and the planet itself. Materialistic rewards don’t come into the decision, and volunteers often save for several years to realise their dreams of being useful and supportive to the causes...