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Why Moving Abroad Might Not Be Good For Your Health

For generations we've believed that warmer, sunnier climates are better for our health. Over the years literally thousands of expats have fulfilled their lifelong dream of retiring to a country where they can live with their windows open all year, wear shorts in the middle of winter and enjoy a barbecue at Christmas. Not to mention the common belief that such a climate is beneficial to one's health and longevity. Now however a study from Dr Santosh Jatrana of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute has revealed some surprising ... Read more

68 Percent of British Expats Are Happier Abroad

Long winters, driving rain and wind that can blow you off your feet. Such is the weather in Britain for much of the year. It's no wonder that so many Brits harbour a desire to live the expatriate life overseas, soaking up the warmth and sunshine. At present there are estimated to be 5.5 million Brits living abroad but the real question is whether they're really any happier than their friends and family back in Blighty? After all, moving abroad takes considerable effort and money, not to mention ... Read more

Saudi Arabia’s Changes to Visa Regulations Could Impact Expats

In a bid to offer more jobs to Saudi-born workers, new rules are to be introduced in October this year. The Nitigat system, better known as the Saudi Nationalization Scheme, has been the brain-child of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labour. It aims to provide incentives to those companies that are meeting the required targets for Saudi employees while penalizing those who fail to meet the criterion. The system rates companies on a 'traffic-light' scheme - classing them as either red, yellow ... Read more

What is Obamacare and what does it mean to expats?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise dubbed as 'Obamacare' is a new United States federal statue signed into Law on 23rd March 2013.  The goal is to increase the affordability and quality of health insurance by providing better service and raising the standard of what the basic health care coverage provides. Obamacare is also setting out the lower the rate of uninsured people which in 2013, was estimated to be around 44 million Americans. The act aims to do this ... Read more

The Ebola Outbreak of 2014: What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

2014 will go down in history as the largest outbreak of Ebola since the virus was originally discovered in 1976. At present the virus seems to be spreading rapidly through western Africa affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ebola has a number of different recognised strains and it's currently the 'Zaire strain' which is causing so many fatalities. Named after the country it was originally hails from, Zaire ebolavirus as it is known to scientists is the most dangerous strain known ... Read more

Health insurance is to end for retired British expats

UK expat travel insurance is soon to be terminated for those who have sought or are looking to seek early retirement in Europe.  Usually, expats moving abroad to Europe to retire early in the sun, are entitled to two and a half years of free medical care paid by the NHS. This has not changed for those over the state retirement age; 65 years and above for men and 60 years and above for women. However, expats who are retiring early to ... Read more

A look into Taiwan’s health insurance for expats

Taiwan is fast becoming increasingly popular for one thing - it's healthcare. As of 2013, it has been estimated that 98% of its population is covered by health insurance. Universal insurance was only introduced in 1995 and incredibly, it took less than a year to implement.  So great, it is a huge bonus in medical insurance and care for the Taiwanese but what about those wanting to visit or move to the budding state? The astounding benefits offered to the residents of ... Read more

The happiest nationalities; but what is the healthcare like?

The happiest nationalities; but what is the healthcare like? Everyone is searching for happiness. In terms of countries, it can be summed up by how the community comes together, level of employment, social life and life expectancy. What is the healthcare like though? According to survey results carried out by Gallup in 2013, these are the countries that ranked top: Iceland General life expectancy is 82 years old. Healthcare services are funded by the state and residents contribute through their taxes. As a result, ... Read more

The world’s best countries to retire to in 2014

There is a wide belief that expats are career-driven youngsters, passionate adventure seekers and important business leaders. However, a significant chunk of the expatriate community is also made up of retirees. Those who have worked hard and are now looking to move to sunnier and peaceful locations abroad, to enjoy the rest of their lives. A number of factors need to be considered when seeking out which country is best for retirement. Climate and the cost and quality of living is what is most instantly thought about, ... Read more

Undiagnosed cases make international healthcare insurance futile

Health won't be at the forefront of the minds of many expats. They will be too busy working or living abroad and why should they when they are either covered by private expat medical insurance or covered by their employee? However, there is are a rising number of expats suffering from the likes of diabetes and obesity. Cases in the east The majority of expats who are at risk of developing diabetes are located in areas such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India and Egypt. This is due to a ... Read more
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