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Swine flu 'has proved importance of expatriate health insurance'

The global swine flu pandemic has demonstrated that shopping around for comprehensive cover is an essential for all expats, according to a financial advisor.

International money service Shelter Offshore has urged workers planning a move overseas to think carefully about value as well as cost when choosing a plan.

The firm explained that expatriate health insurance can ensure patients can be flown out of a country with limited facilities for treatment elsewhere if they become unwell.

A good policy should also cover more basic services, such as doctors’ visits and medicines around the clock, it added.

Further considerations include checking whether an insurer will fund treatment in an expat’s home nation or while on other trips abroad.

"Ensure any provider you’re considering using will be there to support you in any and all healthcare eventualities," the company argued.

Those looking for property overseas, meanwhile, may benefit from the Association of International Property Professionals’ advice, which suggests investors study the property market of their future home closely, to avoid discovering risks or hidden costs too late.

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