Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Is reality dawning about the UAE expat retirement visa?

Is the new UAE retirement visa really an opportunity for older expats, or is it simply smoke and mirrors? In the weeks since the surprise announcement that the UAE is to offer 5-year retirement visas to qualifying expats, reactions from within the expatriate community have veered from positive through maybe to uncertainty about what happens after the five years are up. A new take on the offer asks whether the new law really does breach the gap between reality and fantasy, taking into account the fact that many expats spend almost all...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats accused of heathcare fraud in South Korea

Expats in Korea are facing a crackdown on dodgy practices gaining access to the country’s healthcare for free. Foriegners needing expensive treatments have been signing up for private healthcare insurance, paying a few monthly premiums and jetting off to Korea for medical or surgical treatment. After getting operations, cancer treatment and suchlike and claiming on their new policies, they’re leaving for their home countries without paying their bills, and cancelling their insurance as soon as they get back. Another scam has...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Sinking sterling hits Brit state pensioners in Thailand

As sterling continues to struggle against the Brexit effect, UK expats in Thailand are feeling the pinch. For the more adventurous amongst British retirees, Thailand has been a favoured destination for several decades due to its weather, low cost of living and, for some, the readily available choice of young, female companions. In the good old days, an exchange rate of around 72 to the pound meant even a British state pensioner on the ungenerous £628 per month UK stipend could fund a comfortable lifestyle including housing and...
17 May at 6 PM 2018

Thai consumers and expats complain over soaring healthcare costs

Consumer protection networks in Thailand are threatening legal action against the country’s Commerce Ministry for allowing huge hikes in the cost of private healthcare. Activists belonging to several consumer protection groups have delivered a petition urging the Central Committee on the Price of Goods and Services chair Sontirat Sontijirawong to instigate price controls on medical treatment in order to deal with rampant overcharging by Thai private hospitals. The protestors want medical treatment to be considered a controlled...