Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
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....