Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expats in EU to get state pension upgrade of £200 for three years

Retired British expats living in EU member state are being promised an annual £200 pension increase for three years following a no-deal Brexit. In a move aimed at quashing scare tactics suggesting British expat pensioners in the EU would lose out after a no-deal Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has guaranteed the increase for British retirees in the EU, including those in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and France. The current British state pension is £168 a week, with the triple lock-based increase amounting to £16.66 a...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwaiti illegal visa traders now accept expat instalment payments

It’s business as usual in Kuwait for visa traders in spite of the economic slowdown. Taking into account Kuwait’s economic issues, visa and residency permit traders are now offering expatriates the convenience of monthly payments, thus ensuring their lucrative but illegal businesses continue as normal. A spokesperson is claiming the move is a relief from the difficult conditions now emerging in the popular expat destination. Visa applicants are now able to pay in instalments for this essential service, with interest rates...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Thailand seeing an expat exodus to Vietnam?

For more than a decade, Thailand has been a favourite destination for Western expats looking to enjoy better weather than in the home country, a more laid-back lifestyle and a lower cost of living. For expat retirees in particular, Thailand was the top choice for many years, but a recent change in attitude by the military-run government and its immigration department has caused a good number to consider relocating to friendlier shores. Another reason for this decision is the combined effect of inflation and the overly strong baht on...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Online racist group in Kuwait causing Amnesty International condemnation

Amnesty International is hitting out at a Kuwaiti online group attempting to foster hatred and cause disputes between nationals and expats. The group, at present calling itself ‘Kuwait Movement against the Marginalisation of Competent Kuwaitis’, is being strongly criticised by Khalil al-Shamroukh, Amnesty International’s member councillor in the emirate, who believes the movement is unpatriotic as its actions are distorting Kuwait’s international reputation. He’s also branding its recent name change from ‘Kuwait Movement...
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...