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Insurance companies are adapting their policies to meet their clients’ needs

According to the UN in 2010, there were 200 million expats living worldwide, while the effects of the global economic crash are reported to have added to this number significantly. An increasing number of people are now living and working abroad and the availability and inclusivity of international health insurance reflects this. Insurance companies are adapting their policies to meet their clients’ needs: whether they will be staying in one country or travelling around several, in order to ensure that the client is always covered. International health insurance is becoming more and more common as expats realise the benefits and peace of mind that can be gained from it.

International health insurance ensures that you have access to local health services and in the manner in which you would typically expect from treatment in your home country. Additionally, and at times crucially, if the country in which you are residing is unable to offer sufficient local health services, international medical insurance will provide emergency evacuation to the nearest suitable hospital, or even repatriation to your home country, should it be necessary.

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26 january 2015 health stories

Heartburn linked to cancer and how to sit correctly – top health stories this week.

International health news

  • Heartburn ‘possible cancer sign’ – Doctors are urging people not to ignore persistent heartburn which could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer.
  • WHO promises reform – After admitting bungling the Ebola response, the World Health Organisation promises a faster response in future.
  • Calls to ban toxic tobacco habit – Popular among baseball stars and fans, chewing tobacco is linked to several mouth cancers and the deaths of famous players.

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The media in Saudi Arabia has caused confusion among expats this week as it had reported that the deadline for registration of health insurance and biometrics was to be extended three months, until April this year.

The Passport Office has strongly refuted these claims and assured expats that, contrary to the media reports, the deadline for registration has not been extended, and that it has now passed. The deadline for registering biometrics in Saudi Arabia was the 21st January this year.

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aviva dubai jordan expat insurance

Aviva has expanded its products, adding four countries to its portfolio.

Aviva has been working to expand its international private medical insurance options for clients, adding four popular expat destinations to its portfolio. Customers can now buy fully compliant cover for Bahrain, Jordan, and the Netherlands as well as take advantage of enhanced benefits in Dubai.

Jordan and Bahrain have both been added to Aviva’s Gulf Solutions, international health insurance packages designed for the Gulf region. Launched in early 2014, Gulf Solutions already offers compliant policies for corporate clients with employees in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman. Individual clients can also purchase cover in Oman and the UAE.

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top health news January 2015

Image: Sedentary lifestyle: Obesity and computers by FBellon (CC BY 2.0).

International health news

  • Inactivity deadlier than obesity – A 12-year study has suggested inactivity kills twice as many people as obesity as people are urged to exercise just 20 minutes a day.
  • Flu vaccine only 23% effective – Poor results from this season’s flu vaccine in the US and Canada shows it doesn’t ward of the most common strains of the virus.
  • Sleep aids learning in babies – The best time to learn and remember things may be just before a nap, with the effect particularly strong in young children.

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Hong Kong expat insurance demand

Pacific Prime is predicting a boom in the Hong Kong expat insurance market.

Pacific Prime has reported considerable growth in the demand for health insurance in Hong Kong. As the number of expatriate workers in Hong Kong continues to grow and the cost of living rises, expats are increasingly aware of the need for a private health insurance plan.

Analysing data from 2013 Pacific Prime revealed that 0.6% of the world’s expat population live in Hong Kong. This translates to 301,000 expats in Hong Kong’s population of 7.1 million people. Data from 2009 puts Hong Kong’s expat population at 252,000, this represents an increase of 4.6% between 2009-2013.

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expat retirement spots

Top expat retirement destinations for 2015. Image: Bench Under A Parasol On The Beach by Ken Teegardin (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The new year is here and with it comes International Living’s report, The Best Places to Retire in 2015. The report, targeting North American expats, features 25 countries all of which offer advantages to retiring expats. We will take a look at which countries offer the best healthcare options for retirees.

The countries making up the top five retirement havens are all in Latin and South America apart from one. Ecuador comes in first place, followed by Panama, Mexico, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. Of these five destinations, Malaysia scores the highest in the healthcare category with 94 points out of 100.

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top health news January 2015

Top health news this week including an antibiotic breakthrough and Ebola vaccines.

International health news

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GCC ban expat workers diabetes

The UAE has denied it will ban expat workers with conditions such as diabetes.

The United Arab Emirates has denied it will ban expat workers with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Last week Saudi Arabia’s Arab News announced all six GCC member states would only hire medically fit expat workers, reports the Khaleej Times.

Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman has told the Khaleej Times that ‘nothing of the sort’ is going to happen in the UAE. The Arab News site quoted Director-General of the Gulf Health Ministers Council, Tawfik Khoja, as saying the GCC member countries “have jointly decided not to recruit workers suffering from chronic diseases”.

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health news 5 January

Two-thirds of cancers are due to bad luck. Top health stories this week.

International health news

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