Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

Indonesia as an expat destination

For expats with a sense of adventure looking for a decidedly different destination, Indonesia is far more than just Bali, Papua and Jakarta, but care should be taken when travelling with limited knowledge of the archipelago. Arriving in Jakarta gives the first taste of Indonesia to expats looking to find a haven outside the usual haunts. Many residents in the bustling city speak English, so finding your feet is relatively easy. However, once you’ve headed into the hinterlands, communication can become anything between difficult and...
4 May at 6 PM 2017

Hopes dwindle over continuing healthcare for UK expats

Predicting any Brexit outcome this early in the game is impossible, but UK negotiator David Davis is already indicating the European Health Card as it applies to Brit expats won’t survive the divorce negotiations. Until now, the EHIC has been a literal lifeline for older Brits living in the warmer climes of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Many thousands of British pensioners chose to leave the UK in order to be able to stretch their state pension further, secure in the knowledge that their NHS contributions over a lifetime’s...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait under pressure in run up to demographic debate

According to reliable sources, the Kuwaiti parliament is preparing for a debate in the National Assembly over plans to tackle the emirate’s controversial demographic imbalance. The debate, due to take place after this year’s Ramadan, is aimed at encouraging the government to take action over problems caused by Kuwait’s huge demographic imbalance. A push for immediate action on measures put forward to reduce the number of expats in the emirate will form part of the debate itself. A number of Kuwaiti lawmakers have been expressing...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Everything expats need to know about available healthcare in Germany

Navigating healthcare requirements and availability in a new country is many expats’ worst nightmare, but the German system is reassuringly straightforward. One of the most important issues for expats, wherever they’re planning to call home, is the availability of healthcare and its bureaucratic requirements. It’s also a subject that’s frequently ignored due to lack of affordability of private insurance or simply not knowing how to go about becoming familiar with local offerings. Fortunately, the German healthcare system has...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Dubai gets first overseas Priory clinic for alcoholics and drug addicts

Best known in the UK for its celebrity addicts, the London-based Priory Clinic is now open in Dubai’s prestigious Heathcare City. With its nine clinics and hospital now covering England and Scotland, the Priory’s early days saw it become famous as the fashionable port of call for celebrities with addictions varying from alcohol, drugs and sex to other substance abuses and even shopaholic syndrome. For some famous names, their ship docked at the Priory’s port of call more than once, giving the UK’s gutter press a good number of...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Newbie expat mistakes and how to correct them

Moving overseas is a stressful experience, whatever your reason for leaving the home country, but avoiding the headaches caused by obvious mistakes isn’t as hard as it may seem. In the rush to make sure you, your family if applicable and even the dog arrive safely in your new country, it’s easy to put off or even forget essential tasks which will make your life easier after you arrive and even ensure your eventual return will be trouble-free. Most of the tips here involve money and the ease of your access to it, a subject which...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expats arriving in the UK now being advised to take out private health insurance

In spite of the looming effects of Brexit, the UK is still a popular destination for expat professionals from outside the European Union. Although the number of EU nationals headingto the UK to further their careers may soon reverse itself as most are forced to pack up and leave post-Brexit, the country is expected to still be open to workers from across the world, provided they qualify for visas. However, one common misconception about Britain is that heathcare is free and amongst the best in the world, thus voiding the need for...