Expat Health Insurance News

Latest 10 news items tagged Health Insurance

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...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Dubai racks up its heathcare insurance coverage for cancer and Hep C

Expat holders of Dubai’s Essential Benefits Plan basic insurance package are to get unlimited coverage for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer as well as Hepatitis C. According to an advisor to the Dubai Health Authority’s newly formed Dubai Health Insurance Corporation Saleh al Hashemi, the new insurance cover will start on January 1. An amount of Dh19 per health insurance policy will be deducted and placed in a trust account aimed at contributing to the cost of free cancer treatment for workers in the emirate’s Low Salary...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait lawmakers approve draft law forcing expats to buy health insurance

Kuwait’s National Assembly legislative committee has approved a draft law forcing expatriates in the emirate to pay mandatory health insurance. The new bill comes as the Assembly and the Kuwaiti government approved a law establishing expatriate-only hospitals. Along with the compulsory private healthcare insurance, charges for expatriate medical services obtained in public hospitals are also to be introduced. At present, expats living and working in Kuwait must pay KD50 at the time of their annual residence permit renewals in...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Free post-Brexit healthcare for Brit expats now on the cards

Whilst the word ‘Brexit’ has become a source of worry and fear for British expatriates living, working, retiring or even studying in EU member states, one concern is the most scary – that of continued healthcare. UK expat state pensioners have been the hardest hit by the possibility that post-Brexit healthcare will no longer be free or, in most cases, even affordable on a paying basis for those who’ve higher levels of savings. Reassurances, reports on progress, firm answers or even breakdowns of possible options have not been...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Cuenca offers UK expat retirees everything at great prices

As popular European destinations become more expensive and less accessible due to Brexit, UK retirees are being urged to consider crossing the Atlantic and heading south! Whether it’s Brexit, diminished savings due to the financial crash or poorly-advised investments, an increasing number of British retirees are fearful their monthly pensions won’t cover their expenses in the UK or in Europe, especially should private healthcare insurance become mandatory. Dream retirements after a lifetime of work definitely shouldn’t include...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU promises Brits visa-free travel after no-deal

The European Commission has now promised visa-free entry to Britons wishing to take short trips to the EU after a no-deal Brexit. The offer, which must still gain agreement from the EU parliament and the EU Council, would allow British citizens to visit France, Spain or any other countries in the Schengen zone and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. Several stages are involved in allowing a new EU law, but it’s expected the offer will pass. Should Brexit end with a no-deal exit, the new law would...