Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

13 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Advice for British expats should no-deal become a reality

As the March 29 deadline looms closer and the British parliament becomes even more disorderly, a huge number of UK expats are still totally confused about the effect on their lives of a no-deal exit. Although the vast majority of EU member states have now reassured their British expat communities as to their rights in the event of a no-deal crash out of the EU, expats are still confused over many aspects of their lives. For example, expats who have money in British bank accounts and use their debit cards to access funds when needed...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Which EU countries are being kindest to British expats

Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats. The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain slam May for uncaring healthcare stance

British expats living in Spain are furious with Theresa May for her total lack of concern over post-Brexit healthcare. With just 29 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, British residents in Spain suffering chronic medical conditions are voicing their fears and disgust at the British PM’s attitude. With a no-deal Brexit still a strong possibility, May’s warning that British nationals may need to pay for their medications and treatment after March 29 has caused a storm of fury from those who may be affected. Although the...
19 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Retired British Windrush generation expat in Spain fears deportation to Guyana

A retired British expat who’s also a Windrush immigrant fears he’ll be deported from Spain post-Brexit and sent back to Guyana. Basil Moonillall is just a few months short of his 90th birthday and has been living in Spain’s La Linea since 1993 when he emigrated along with his Spanish wife. He came to the UK from his home country of Guyana in response to the UK’s call for immigrant workers in 1958 and worked as a black cab driver for 35 years. Since his wife passed away two months ago, he’s increasingly afraid he may be...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Confusion worsens over Brit expats’ continuing healthcare rights

Confusion over British expats’ healthcare post-Brexit is worsening by the day as media reports contradict meaningless official statements. The latest governmental shock-horror revelation is that UK citizens living in the UK should immediately take out private health insurance in order to cover their healthcare needs in the ever more-likely event of a no-deal Brexit. With March 29 just six weeks away, the government is frantically attempting to close reciprocal deals with EU member states which would allow the coverage of EU...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats on Spain regret their leave votes whilst Brit ambassador ducks the issue

In a recent BBC Channel 4 News item, British expats in Spain who voted Leave in the referendum admitted they are now bitterly regretting their decisions. Some 300,000 British expats are at present living in Spain, divided into retirees, working professionals, SME owners and students or researchers at Spanish universities. The Channel 4 News report featured a number of Brits settled in and near Alicante on the Costa del Sol, with many admitting they’re now scared for their futures in their chosen country. One interviewee told the...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Kuwaiti lawmakers hitting out at expats again

Kuwait expats’ favourite lawmaker Safa al Hashem is at it again, claiming the Kuwaiti government isn’t taking any money from the emirate’s large expat population. Al Hashem's main gripe is VAT, which she says is imposed on Kuwaitis at the same time as the government is collecting ‘nothing’ from expats whose numbers are three times as high when compared with the totals of Kuwaiti citizens. Her earlier calls for expats working in the emirate to be taxed for using the streets and breathing the air have made her a long-time...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Irish expats could find repatriation is an expensive luxury

Many Irish expats returning to their home country after years away will face a massive hike in their cost of living as well as having financial hurdles to jump. In addition to having to find a suitable property to call home during one of the country’s worse housing crises for decades, Irish returnees are likely to also have to battle to get any kind of social welfare. In addition, those wishing to take out private health insurance will need to do so within nine months of their repatriation or be prepared to pay far more than they...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Shock horror for Brit expats as no-deal means no healthcare

A no-deal Brexit will rob British expats in EU countries of their rights to free healthcare. British expatriates living in EU member state, including France, Italy and Spain, will no longer be entitled to free heathcare in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The news is a major blow to retired British citizens living in popular destinations such as the Spanish Costas, France’s Provence region and Italy's Tuscany. It’s also bad news for the UK’s NHS, now struggling to cope after many of its EU citizen medical staff have opted to...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

The reality of forcing expats in Thailand to buy expensive private healthcare insurance

As the possibility of all expats in Thailand being forced to buy private health insurance or have their visas cancelled sinks in, one local online English language newspaper publishes its survey results. The long-stay expat community in Thailand is split between those working in Bangkok companies, those running their own small businesses in Thailand’s major cities and those who chose Thailand as the perfect retirement destination. Although there are no demographics showing the comparative numbers in each location, it’s fair to...