Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

21 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Retired US expats can live the good life on a budget

As prices increase across the USA, more and more retirees are becoming expats enjoying a better quality of life at far less cost. Americans, it seems, aren’t great at saving for retirement. A recent report released by the Economic Policy Institute suggests the average American retirement nest egg is as low as $5,000. Those getting close to retirement are doing slightly better with some $17,000 but, with prices rising month by month, that’s not exactly a comfort zone. Whilst costs in the USA do vary across the states, it’s now...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar urged to note three new laws

Expats working in Qatar are being advised on three new rules recently introduced into law by the ruler. The new rules are amendments to the existing Penal Code and are grouped under one law stipulating that anyone who ‘violates the sanctity of life of individuals without their approval’ will be either fined, imprisoned or both. The three branches of the new law describe prohibited actions used for the purpose of defamation or other misuse. Actions which are now illegal include opening a telegram or letter without first getting...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Adventurous expat professionals should consider Japan

Adventurous expat professionals looking for a rewarding new experience in a fascinatingly different location should head for Japan. If the traditional benefits of the majority of popular international relocation destinations are losing their appeal, there’s one somewhat overlooked country that’s up and coming for those with an adventurous nature and an open mind. Nowadays, due to its demographics, Japan is opening up as never before and welcoming younger, highly skilled expat professionals into its unique culture. Tokyo is the...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Brexit threat to retired Briton and his Russian wife

As the Brexit negotiations to date have shed no light on the fates of British retirees living in Europe, stories of individuals and couples caught up in the mind-numbing uncertainly are increasingly being covered by the British media. The ramifications of a hard Brexit will be harsh enough on retired British couples getting by on the ungenerous UK state pension, but for Britons married to non-EU nationals they could be life-changing. One such is 81year-old Tony Stone, a retired antiques dealer married to Maryna, a Russian citizen....
21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Good and bad Brexit news for UK expats in Europe

At long last, real news concerning UK expats in Europe is leaking out of the Brexit negotiations, but it isn’t all good. The almost total lack of anything resembling concrete information for expatriate Britons caught in the Brexit fiasco has caused concern and fury across Europe’s favourite expat hubs. Squabbles between parliamentary factions, a disastrous last-minute general election and ministerial incompetence have led to UK citizens living and retiring overseas believing they don't count for anything with those making...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Japan unhappy about Obamacare repeal and replace

A survey undertaken by the English language Japan Times suggests that over half of US expats in the country won’t repatriate if Obamacare is repealed and replaced. The chaos over Trump’s attempt to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare with the unpopular bill now under discussion has worried American expatriates working in Japan to such an extent that over 50 per cent of those surveyed say they would rather stay where they are than return home. The Japan Times survey took place between late June and last week, with results that may...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2017

UK expats quitting Valencia ahead of final Brexit date

In spite of endless media reports citing UK expats’ potential problems with continuing their chosen lives post-Brexit, TV shows and adverts continue to push the positives of settling in a Spanish dream home. At the present time, no-one caught in the Brexit dilemma has any real idea how their lives will pan out in the swiftly-approaching future, but for many expat-aimed businesses including real estate developers it’s business as usual. It seems unreal that would-be expat retirees or hopeful entrepreneurs could have missed out on...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows Gulf states rising costs of living

In spite of readjustments in their local economies, Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s survey rankings have moved up, indicating more expense for expats in the region. The Mercers cost of living survey found that Dubai had risen one point to 20th most expensive world city, with Abu Dhabi following on at 23rd, two points up from last year’s study. Several other Gulf cities including Doha, Muscat and Riyadh also featured in the list of top 100 most expensive expat destinations. The Dubai and Abu Dhabi ratings come as something of a surprise as...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Mass exodus of Brits from Valencia as Brexit negotiations start

Around 20 per cent of the British expat community in the Spanish city of Valencia have already returned to the UK rather than wait to hear the results of the Brexit negotiations. The exodus has mostly taken place over the year following the Brexit referendum, headed up by a number of British expats who’d already decided to return home should the Leave vote triumph rather than endure several years of uncertainty. January 2015 figures from Britain’s National Institute of Statistics showed some 96,115 UK expats living in the Spanish...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat retirement in the UAE

As retirement approaches for expats working in the UAE, many would like to stay and enjoy their golden years in the place they now call home. At present, some eight thousand expats live and work in the UAE, with many long-stayers approaching their retirement dates but wishing to stay in the Emirates. After many years in the region, the UAE is home but, without any provision for permanent residency, it’s a challenge to stay after retirement kicks in at either 60 or 65. Staying on may be tricky but it’s not impossible, especially for...