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News - Expat Health Insurance

Spain Reveals Most Common Expat Names

Newly released figures from the Spanish government paint a fascinating picture of the expat population residing there. Long popular among Brits for its climate and culture, not to mention the reasonably-priced property, it seems that it’s not just expats from the UK who are drawn to Spain’s shores.According to Spain’s Ministry of Employment the country boasts almost five million foreign nationals. This is despite the fact that in recent years many Brits have returned home thanks to the worsening value of ... Read more

Saudi Arabia Introduces ID Cards for Expats

As the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Arabia has long been a magnet for hard-working expats. That said, like many of the Gulf nations, Saudi Arabia has struggled in the past with this expat population, ensuring that they are carefully regulated. Illegal workers are a perennial problem here with whom the government seems to be in a constant battle.The world of expat employment in the Middle East seems to be in a constant flux, with new policies being introduced at break-neck ... Read more

British Expats May Need Health Insurance for UK Treatment

Changes are afoot in the National Health Service which could impact the healthcare on offer to visitors to the UK. Somewhat surprisingly the same policy could rule out free medical care for British expat currently living overseas – even if they have spent years paying into the UK healthcare system.The Department of Health claims that historically visitors to the UK have been free to use many NHS services, but that foreign visitors currently cost the NHS £1.8 billion a year with ... Read more

Tasmanian Population Faces “Death Spiral”

The Tasmanian government has revealed statistics about its aging population, and what the long-term effects might be.As the average age of the population continues to creep up, the government has raised concerns about their ability to maintain essential services for the remaining population. In older populations medical care becomes ever more important, while there are fewer working-age individuals fulfilling the necessary work needs, and paying taxes to pay for public service.The government reports that the population is expected to go into ... Read more

Expat Nurses in the UK May Be Sent Home

It is no surprise that the British National Health Service has found itself under increasing pressure in recent years. Since the shocking waiting times for hospital appointments became public knowledge a range of new policies have been introduced to try and shore up the NHS. However increased budget cuts, in order to slash the government budget deficit further, are causing ever more concern among senior officials.Now, however, it seems that the UK’s own immigration laws could be coming under fire as ... Read more

The Most Expensive Countries for Expats Revealed

A new study has aimed to rank expat destinations by their cost of living, in order to deduce the most expensive expat destinations in the world. The study, by ECA International, who offer solutions for the management of employees around the world, used a basket of “day-today” goods to decide just how expensive each location.The extensive study included considerations toward the cost of groceries locally, leisure services, recreational goods, clothing, electrical goods and the costs of driving. The costs of housing ... Read more

Continuing “Saudization” Proposes Loss of 1.27m Expat Jobs

Saudi Arabia has long found itself between a “rock and a hard place” in terms of expat workers within the Kingdom. On the one hand, the growing Saudi economy requires a considerable workforce, something which has historically been filled by millions of workers from abroad.On the other hand, concerns have been raised about unemployment levels in Saudi Arabia, where foreign workers often receive the blame. The much-debated process known as “Saudization” has essentially entailed limiting numbers of expat workers so as ... Read more

Brits Pay Out £250 Per Accident Abroad

A new study claims that British holiday-makers suffer more unfortunate accidents and injuries abroad than you might imagine – and they are paying out an average of £250 per incident. These payments are often being made even by those possessing a European Health Insurance Card – long assumed by many people as a free alternative to expensive health insurance.Now, it seems, the reality is rather different.Common accidents and injuries while abroad can include dehydration, serious sunburn and food poisoning, not ... Read more

61% of Workers Feel “Obliged” to Work While on Holiday

A recent study from the Institute of Leadership and Management paints a stark picture of our limited free time. While “switching off” and taking time away from the office has long been known to boost productivity it seems that many of us are being denied even this free time.The research reveals that more of us than ever before are doing some kind of work while officially away from the office. Rather than leaving our careers behind for a few unhindered weeks ... Read more

Roaming Charges to be “Abolished” by 2017

For many of us, owning a mobile phone has become part of everyday life. Leaving the house without first checking you have your phone is unthinkable for many people. Even at home many people’s phones are carefully poised on the armchair of the sofa, ready to intercept text messages, phone calls and even tweets or Facebook updates.No wonder, then, that so many of us take our phones abroad where we can not only stay in contact with friends and family but ... Read more
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