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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: British expat breaks Spain’s biggest baby record

An expatriate living in Spain has given birth to the biggest baby ever to be born naturally in the country.The new arrival weighed in at 13lbs 11oz (6.2 kilograms) - twice the size of an average newborn - and is the daughter of Maxine Marin and her Colombian partner.She was born without any complications at the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia, Alicante and Ms Marin did not even have an epidural.The mother is said to have known that the baby was ... Read more

Overseas Health Insurance News: British expats celebrate arrival of royal baby

Living away from home can be tough, but there are always national events that bring expatriates together and unite them with their fellow citizens across the world.The most recent of these has been the arrival of the royal baby, which has been met with excitement across the globe.Kate and William are yet to name the heir to the throne, but much has already been done to mark the birth.Landmarks as far and wide as the Tower of London and Niagara Falls ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Spain taken to court over EHIC

There has been much confusion relating to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for holidaymakers and expatriates in Spain recently. It seems that the authorities are not offering free emergency care to all those who hold it and the European Commission is now taking action. The case, which is pitching Madrid against the European Union in court, highlights issues that have arisen with discrepancies in the system across the continent, reports the Telegraph. Reports suggest that hundreds of people have been turned away from ... Read more

Expat Health Insurance News: Expats hit back in winter fuel row

British expats have hit back after the government decided it would stop paying a winter fuel allowance to those pensioners living in warmer climes than the UK. In his Spending Review this week, the chancellor George Osborne claimed that paying the benefit to those who no longer work in Britain is "not a fair use of the nation's cash" and pledged to introduce a temperature test from 2015 to determine who should stopped receiving the allowance. Mr Osborne told the House of Commons ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Guide to having a baby abroad

Life doesn't stop just because you have decided to become an expatriate and that can often extend to creating new life. Expanding the expat family can be an incredibly exciting time and offer an extra insight into a culture.That said, it is a good idea to research how the experience of giving birth in your adopted home may differ from the norm in your native country. Even if this is your second, third or fourth child, being prepared is the key.PreparationThe ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Expat hospital segregation begins in Kuwait

The first hospital in Kuwait to enforce the new policy on only treating expatriates in the afternoon began the system on Sunday.Jahra Hospital, to the west of Kuwait City, will carry out a six-month trial to see how the system works after it was voted into effect by MPs earlier this year.If it is deemed a success then the Ministry of Health says that it will be extended to encompass all public health facilities.The decision was made after complaints from Kuwaiti nationals ... Read more

Expatriate Health Insurance News: Expats in Kuwait will not lose subsidised fuel

The National Assembly in Kuwait has voted against scrapping petrol subsidies for expatriates in the country, which would have seen foreigners pay more for fuel than locals.Eight independent MPs had put the idea forward as a way to help the government cut down on the six billion to 12 billion Kuwaiti dinar (£14 billion to £28 billion) spent on subsidies each year.They also suggested that an increase in the price of fuel and vehicle registration for this demographic would help to ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: New website to aid confused expats in Spain

For a while expatriates in Spain have been confused about what they need to do in order to get treatment if they fall ill.Some have believed that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be enough, while this only really covers a short stay in the country.As a result, the UK Department of Health has teamed up with the Valencia Health Authority in order to help expats navigate their way through the process of ensuring they are properly organised in terms ... Read more

Overseas Health Insurance News: Expats to cycle through 19 countries for fundraising drive

Two expatriates that have been living in Shanghai, one British and one French, are to set off on a fundraising bike ride this week. But instead of doing a 20-mile jaunt into the countryside they will be travelling through nearly that many countries in order to raise money for the Operation Smile charity. Oli Goulden and Matthieu Liard both work for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather and will cycle from their adopted home of Shanghai back to London, ... Read more

Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Kuwaiti government to increase medical fees for expats

Expatriates living in Kuwait could soon be faced with higher medical bills after the government proposed increasing fees for foreigners living in the country.In the past expats have been entitled to free or low cost treatment on a par with citizens of the nation, but the Ministry of Health wants to introduce the change in order to boost profits.It is generally considered that the Kuwaiti healthcare system is good, with the majority of the facilities staffed by foreign workers.This means that ... Read more
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