Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....
30 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats furious at losing their long term right to free healthcare

The news that Brit expats will be forced to pay for healthcare should a hard Brexit be the final result is causing fury in Europe’s foreign communities. Local media outlets are taking up the issue, stating British expatriates paid tax for all their working lives in the home country and calling the announcement a betrayal of ‘thousands of hard-working people’ who have the right to expect affordable healthcare in retirement, no matter where they’ve settled. One English-language expat newspaper based in Spain is reminding its...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2019

How will the 2020 Dutch budget affect the expat community?

In these troubled times, the word ‘budget’ can send expats’ hearts sinking, in case their purchasing power is limited by increased costs or even swingeing taxation! As every expat is - or at least should be – aware, the economic state of a country can have a direct influence on salaries, especially if they’re paid in the home country’s currency. Luckily for expatriate professionals in the Netherlands, their chosen country’s economy is in a reasonably stable state, with its national debt due to decrease to less than 50...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expats in French village terrified over no deal Brexit

Expats in a charming French village are living in fear of a no deal Brexit. British expats make up a quarter of the population of the quaint French village of Gouarec, and are becoming more and more anxious about their futures as the clock winds down to October 31. Their fears are focused on access to French healthcare and their pension entitlements, as well as losing their rights to free movement as many have family and friends back in the UK. As has been the case since the 2016 referendum, they’ve been unable to get concrete...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expat survey sees Thailand at its worst ever world ranking

Thailand has dropped to its worst ever ranking in the recently released Expat Explorer 2019 survey. Once a preferred option for many expat professionals looking to change location, Thailand is now ranked 24th out of 64 countries surveyed. The survey took into account expats’ perceived quality of life, personal finance, family life, ease of settling in, working life and overall cost of living, with the Southeast Asian state losing out on safety and security, digital life and quality of life as well as health and well-being. In...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand thrashed by Vietnam in recent expat survey

Thailand is now at a new low in this year’s Expat Insider survey. Once a favourite for expat professionals as well as Western retirees, this year’s survey saw it fall by seven places over the 2017 result to 25th out of the 64 countries represented in the study. To make matters worse, its next door neighbour Vietnam soared, winning out as the world’s second most popular expat destination. Respondents to the survey are asked to score various aspects of their present location by rating 48 factors, with the results condensed into...
6 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Paywalls preventing Brits in Europe from accessing reliable news

How many UK expat retirees struggling with sinking sterling can’t now afford to follow responsible media outlets due to paywalls, leaving them reliant on the often fake news and biased opinion in the tabloid press? In these trying times, it’s essential for British expat retirees to keep a very close watch on the day-to-day political shenanigans threatening to end their chosen lifestyles in Europe. It’s not just the unprecedented shambles in parliament, nor even the looming reality of Brexit, it’s also related issues such as...