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Pay and promotion outweigh smog in China

Recent reports about how bad the smog situation has become in China may sound like a good reason not to up sticks and move to the country.But the opportunities for talented expatriates in China are still plentiful and the lure of high pay and a jump up the career ladder are proving irresistible.Since the global financial crisis hit, Asia has become a hotspot for top professionals from across the globe and Hong Kong and Singapore have seen numerous applicants.It is China ... Read more

Sunrise televised to beat the smog in Beijing

Expatriates in Beijing may have started to get used to the long periods without natural sunshine due to the smog that descends on the city, but the Chinese government is attempting to do something about it.Instead of showing adverts, large digital screens across the capital have been broadcasting the sunrise to the city's inhabitants.The season for dangerous smog in Beijing is only just beginning and the measure proved popular, as residents left their homes in masks to protect their lungs and ... Read more

Expats welcome bird flu market clampdown

Expatriates in Shanghai have welcomed measures to prevent another outbreak of avian flu in the region.Live poultry trading at the wet markets of the city will be suspended from January 31st until April 30th in a move that is expected to be repeated annually for the next five years.The Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission and the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce issued a statement explaining the measure.It said that this time of year is when bird flu is more prevalent and an assessment of ... Read more

Expatriate healthcare changes afoot in Dubai

Expatriate employees based in the Emirate of Dubai look set to experience major changes to the way they utilise health insurance in the region, after officials signed a new agreement on the topic. Under the new plans, healthcare and more specifically health insurance in Dubai will be a compulsory requirement for anyone living in or visiting the region. This change of rules will apply to anyone resident in any of the free zones within the Emirate. The change was announced by the Dubai Health ... Read more

Guide to seeing a doctor in Germany

There are many reasons why you need to see a doctor in Germany - a check-up, for a specific complaint or in an emergency - so make sure you are prepared. All expatriates should sign up for a GP when they relocate abroad. Here is a guide to all these elements.The lingoAs with most areas of life in a new country, it is useful to know some key words relating to the topic at hand.·         Allgemeinarzt, hausarzt - these both mean GP·         Facharzt ... Read more

Overseas Health Insurance News: Call to allow expats to apply for citizenship in UAE sparks debate

Strong debate about the nature of national identity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been sparked by the suggestion that expatriates could apply for citizenship.The idea was mooted by Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi, a member of one of the country's ruling families, in a piece published by the Gulf News.In it he argued that Emirati society is ready for change and that citizenship could be offered to those long-term foreign residents who have contributed a lot to the UAE.Mr Qassemi wrote: ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Health checks to be used in Gulf countries to detect and bar gay expats

Officials could use the routine health checks that are carried out on expatriates entering Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) to detect if a person is gay.Those who are found to be so would then be barred from entering these nations, if plans proposed by Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, go ahead.Local newspaper Al Rai has reported the proposals and Gulf News has managed to obtain a translation of what Mr Mindkar has said.It states: "Health ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Cross border healthcare directive to come into force

Expatriates living across Europe should find issues relating to healthcare more straightforward when a new cross border healthcare directive comes into effect next month.The move by the European Union is seen as the most significant piece of legislation relating to healthcare to be introduced in a generation.It means that anyone in need of medical care will find it easier to return to their home country for treatment or travel to a different country if there is a long delay in the ... Read more

Overseas Health Insurance News: Blog helps expats avoid air pollution in Beijing

An expatriate doctor, who has set up a blog into healthy living in Beijing, is providing a useful resource for people living in the city.Dr Richard Saint Cyr set up the My Health Beijing site when he moved to China with his wife Joanna Wang.Everything from information on infant formula and where to get children vaccinated to nuclear plant radiation from Japan is covered, but the most viewed topic is air pollution.The air quality index that is used by the US ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Expats in UAE to be charged

Expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to be charged 500 Emirati dirhams (£88) to be issued with a health card.Once secured, the holder will be entitled to reduced fees when seeking treatment in government hospitals, reports Golf Business.The WAM state news authority said: "Article (2) of the decision, published in the official gazette, defines the fees for issuing and renewing a health card for non-nationals to be Dhs500 per year for all ages."A fee of Dhs300 will be ... Read more
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