Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Algarve hospitals risky for expat heart attack patients

If you’re planning to retire to Portugal and have heart problems, it’s best to avoid the Algarve. Portugal is a favourite destination for expat retirees from the UK due to its reasonable cost of living, good weather and affordable property, with the Algarve already home to a sizeable expat community. Unfortunately, one statistic which hasn’t as yet featured in either the British media or local papers is bad news for expat residents at risk of having a heart attack. A recent study has revealed as many as 30 per cent of heart...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2018

South Korea to toughen health insurance rules for expatriates

The South Korean government is to revise the rules by which expats and Korean citizens living overseas access its national health insurance system. According to the Korean government, the toughening up of its national health insurance regulations is the result of the exploitation of loopholes in the system by expats, allowing expensive treatments to be provided for small payments. The changes will take effect from early this December, according to the Korean Ministry of Health. It would seem foreigners have been taking advantage...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Is reality dawning about the UAE expat retirement visa?

Is the new UAE retirement visa really an opportunity for older expats, or is it simply smoke and mirrors? In the weeks since the surprise announcement that the UAE is to offer 5-year retirement visas to qualifying expats, reactions from within the expatriate community have veered from positive through maybe to uncertainty about what happens after the five years are up. A new take on the offer asks whether the new law really does breach the gap between reality and fantasy, taking into account the fact that many expats spend almost all...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats accused of heathcare fraud in South Korea

Expats in Korea are facing a crackdown on dodgy practices gaining access to the country’s healthcare for free. Foriegners needing expensive treatments have been signing up for private healthcare insurance, paying a few monthly premiums and jetting off to Korea for medical or surgical treatment. After getting operations, cancer treatment and suchlike and claiming on their new policies, they’re leaving for their home countries without paying their bills, and cancelling their insurance as soon as they get back. Another scam has...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Sinking sterling hits Brit state pensioners in Thailand

As sterling continues to struggle against the Brexit effect, UK expats in Thailand are feeling the pinch. For the more adventurous amongst British retirees, Thailand has been a favoured destination for several decades due to its weather, low cost of living and, for some, the readily available choice of young, female companions. In the good old days, an exchange rate of around 72 to the pound meant even a British state pensioner on the ungenerous £628 per month UK stipend could fund a comfortable lifestyle including housing and...
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...