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The cheapest places to live; but what is the healthcare like?

Everyone would like an inexpensive way of life but may be a little sceptical of what they can expect, especially when moving abroad. Just what are the countries like and what healthcare do they provide? How much weight is there on expatriate medical insurance? These are the cheapest countries to live in according to the Economist's Intelligence 2013 Unit report. Nepal The healthcare system is provided by both the public and private sector. It fares poorly by international standards and facilities, nutrition and hygiene is of low quality too, ... Read more

Expanding expatriate healthcare in Costa Rica

Its good news for expats wanting to move to Costa Rica as free health care and medication has expanded to include Guanacastem, located in the north west of the area. Costa Rica is known for its high quality health attention and affordable medication. In fact, it is not unusual for foreigners to set aside a few days or a week to visit the area for dental procedures, optical examinations, general health check-ups, or even to buy certain medications or medical equipment. ... Read more

The World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists

People relocate abroad for a number of reasons; to further their careers, travel the world or as part of a company move. Expatriate travel insurance and expat medical insurance is key when doing so. You cannot predict when you will fall ill, how serious it will be and what treatment you may require. Quality of facilities and medication are key and not all hospitals and clinics over the globe are eager to take international patients. The Medical Travel Quality Alliance have put together a list of the top ... Read more

How to navigate the French medical system

The prospect of being ill or having an emergency in a foreign country can be a particularly daunting one, as dealing with language barriers and differences with home can be difficult when feeling weak and vulnerable. When you live abroad, however, there is a good chance that you will encounter the medical system at some point.Finding a doctorIt is a good idea to scope out your local area for a doctor and pharmacies quite early on in the relocation process. This ... Read more

Health insurance to be mandatory for expats in Dubai

A new law is being phased into use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will make it mandatory for expatriates to have health insurance. Those wishing to continue living in Dubai after retiring will be required to purchase Expat Healthcare Insurance in Dubai to cover medical costs should they arise, reports Emirates 24|7. Dr Haider Al Yousuf, director of health financing at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said that the new Health Insurance Act will mean all citizens and residents will be ... 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

Expats in China to be awarded smog pay

The electronics giant Panasonic is the first international company to announce it will pay out compensation to expatriates sent to China due to the hazardous air pollution the country suffers from.All of the firm's expat employees in the nation will be awarded the smog-linked pay premium, although it is unclear exactly how many people this will effect.China and Japan have extensive trade ties and Panasonic is one of the biggest names in business in the latter country.Hardship pay is common for ... Read more

Legal bid over expats’ voting rights could delay Scottish independence referendum

Calls to allow expatriate Scots to vote in the upcoming referendum on independence are heating up, with legal action in the pipeline.A top lawyer has claimed that first minister Alex Salmond may have broken the law in preventing them from exercising their right to vote.Aidan O'Neill, an expert in European law, believes there is a good chance of overturning the decision in court.He has suggested that a judicial review would likely find the rights of Scottish expats to enjoy freedom of ... Read more

Guide to healthcare in the UAE

Like everything else in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), going to visit a doctor is different for expatriates than what they are used to at home. Read on to find out about the process of obtaining healthcare in the country. Preparation Be sure to go to your GP well in advance of your move to the UAE,┬áto ensure you have plenty of time to make the appropriate arrangements. This includes getting any vaccinations that are needed for this area of the world. Malaria is ... Read more

British expats in France and Spain lose free healthcare

British expatriates living in Europe having taken early retirement will lose their access to free local healthcare services, after the government decided to scrap the facility. In the past, those living in countries such as France or Spain have found their treatment covered by the NHS, but this is about to change. From April 1st, those who are not covered through employment will have to foot the bill themselves. The move is just one of a number of cost-saving measures that the NHS is ... Read more
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