Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Retired expats in Thailand in fight for affordable private healthcare insurance

Expat retirees living in a number of popular Thailand destinations are pressing for dedicated group private healthcare insurance coverage. A group of retired Swedish expats living in Bangkok, Udon Thani province, Hua Hin and Phuket have banded together in an attempt to find a solution to a major problem affecting retirees - the soaring cost of individual private health insurance and the ever-increasing charges by private hospitals for their services. Thailand is home to a large number of long-stay elderly expats, many of whom were...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait lawmakers call for postponement of expat health charge increase

Responding to calls by affected groups and lawmakers over the inability of many expats to pay the increased charge, one Health Committee member is recommending postponement of the extra fees. Kuwaiti MP and member of the National Assembly’s Health Committee Khalid al Otaibi agrees in principal with the increases but is concerned that a large number of expat residents aren’t earning enough to be able to afford to pay the extra amounts. Although he understands the need for extra funding to cover the cost of the latest in medical...
23 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Survey reveals expats love Germany for its 'awesomeness'

Germany doesn’t exactly come to mind as a favourite expatriate destination, but those living there are more than happy with their choice. The most important aspect of German life for expats is the country’s open society and sensible laws. Germany’s modern, safety-conscious society with its inclusive legal system, gender equality and law and order ticks all the boxes with expatriates from less stable, secure lands as well as those from developed countries enduring political chaos at the present time. In a recent poll, an open...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Golden destinations for expat retirees golden years

Retiring overseas rather than fighting inflation in the home country is now a practical financial option for many pensioners living in first world countries. Even if there’s no gold-plated pension waiting at the end of your working life, it’s still possible to enjoy a much more satisfying retirement lifestyle by emigrating to a less expensive location overseas. Your choice of destination may well be dependent on your country of origin’s state pension, but choosing carefully will allow you to eke out your monthly cheque without...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait abandon public hospitals due to charges

Public hospitals in Kuwait are experiencing an almost total dearth of expat patients due to recently introduced charges of at least KH10 per day. A Kuwait Times report highlighted the formerly busy Sabah Hospital, giving the example of a single patient in an eight-patient ward who was packing to leave as he couldn’t afford the charges. Another local medical centre, Al Razi Hospital, seemed to be in the same situation. Expatriate staff at the emirate’s public hospitals might well be happy about the respite, but they’re far less...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK off the hook as regards rights to remain

The British government has finally outlined the measures by which EU expats may apply for settled status when Brexit is finalised. The statement from the government went as far as to promise expats will not be rejected due to minor technicalities and even said the vast majority of EU expats who wish to stay in the UK will be granted leave to do so. The announcement comes after many months of rumours, denials and flat-out refusals to keep EU expats informed of their rights, and the deal also includes statutory rights of appeal for all...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expat healthcare and medical tourism in Mexico

Mexico is perhaps the most desirable destination for USA expats, and is now becoming popular with expat retirees from other Western countries as well as an affordable destination for medical tourism. One essential component of relocation overseas is healthcare, especially for expats over or approaching retirement age. In addition, a lack of affordable, high quality medical services in many Western countries including the USA has led to a huge increase in medical tourism. In first world countries, private health insurance is also...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti government mired in demographic issues as well as hiring expat nurses

Kuwait’s Nursing Association has slammed the emirate’s Health Ministry over its hiring of 200 expat nurses. The new nursing employees were recruited from a local medical company, with the Ministry being accused of violating its own rule issued on 5 July this year. The rule forbade the recruitment of non-Kuwaiti nursing staff from local sources, with the only exceptions being qualified nurses who’d received their degrees from Kuwaiti universities. The hiring of the expat nurses was described as a major scandal amidst accusations...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Decline in disposable incomes causing expat concern

Relocation is often seen as the answer to stagnant wages and stalled career opportunities, but expat professionals nowadays are often struggling to make ends meet. For several decades, accepting relocation overseas was synonymous with a vast increase in salary, a luxury lifestyle and a boost in career prospects. Nowadays, worldwide economic instability and fewer opportunities in desirable locations are causing concerns about diminishing salaries, fewer benefits and the rising costs of living in the majority of expat hubs. Expat...