Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Oman must now have private healthcare insurance

Oman is preparing to issue a new law requiring the purchase of healthcare insurance by nationals and expats working in its private sector. According to the Times of Oman, the announcement of the new law by the Omani minister of health indicated enforcement by early next year. Currently, just 10 per cent of expats working in the emirate and around nine per cent of Omani nationals actually have private healthcare insurance, although it’s a mandatory requirement. The introduction of a new law forcing compliance is expected to provide a...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats invited to finance and run Omani private schools

The Oman government is to offer expats the chance to invest in the Sultanate’s private education facilities. Foreign investors may establish new private schools under certain conditions, according to an official representative of Oman’s Ministry of Education. Regulations and management requirements, the spokesman said, have been extended and changed in order to allow foreign investment in private education facilities. The list of must-haves and must-dos seems long and complicated but, given the high charges for private education...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows older expats in Thailand fear for their futures

Expat pensioners living in Thailand are becoming concerned over the ever increasing cost of private heathcare and the reliability of the Thai retirement visa system. Long considered an exotic but stable expat retirement destination, Thailand is home to expat communities in many provincial cities and large towns as well as in Bangkok and the beachside towns along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coastline. Although no official figures are available, it’s possible the majority of long-stay expats in the Kingdom are over...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2017

US expats heading to Ecuador for retirement

As it becomes increasingly difficult to fund an enjoyable retirement in the USA on the average pension or social security payment, older would-be expats are looking to exotic yet affordable locations such as Ecuador. Many are finding they can enjoy luxuries as well as plan a comfortable budget for necessities, and there’s lots to see and do in this rapidly developing country. Ecuador is a small country set on South America’s northwest coast, with its citizens enjoying a relaxed pace of life unknown to almost anyone living in...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats EHIC healthcare agreed by EU and UK

Today’s good news is that, for expats living overseas on the date Britain leaves the EU, healthcare rights under the European Health Card scheme will be protected, as will those of EU citizens in the UK. The bad news is that the rest of the Brexit negotiations are proceeding at a snail's pace with, according to Davis, ‘some way to go’. His announcement was the first positive news available to Brits living in EU member states, and will be especially welcomed by UK state pensioners unable to afford private 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...