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Relationships And Dating While Abroad

Posted on Monday June 18, 2018 (08:02:00)

In this video, Dr Martine Jones shares a quick tip for expats who are in relationships.

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Medicines For Americans Abroad: How To Ask For What You Want In Foreign Pharmacies

Posted on Friday May 25, 2018 (12:39:26)

A particularly daunting task in any country other than your own, regardless of whether you are visiting on a short holiday or have made a more permanent move, is trying to get medication. Perhaps you require regular medication, or perhaps it’s just a one-off, but trying to find what you need can be frustrating if the medication is marketed under a different name, and sometimes embarrassing if there’s a language barrier. No one wants to act out their ailments by way of charades in the middle of a store. So how do you go about getting the medicine that you need abroad? How do you find out what you need, and how do you ask for it?   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update May 2018

Posted on Friday May 25, 2018 (10:23:49)

Depression #1 mental health issue for expats

A survey of mental health issues currently faced by expats found that the number one issue is depression. The findings from Aetna International highlight that there has been a 50% increase in cases being reported between 2014 and 2016.

In their report, ‘Expatriates' Mental Health: Breaking The Silence’, found that anxiety has seen a 28% increase.

Those most likely to seek treatment for their mental health worries are women aged between 30 and 49.   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update April 2018

Posted on Thursday April 19, 2018 (08:55:09)

Increasingly risky expat assignments lead to demand for advice

Employers who are sending expat employees to risky locations are increasingly demanding that their international private medical insurance provider helps meet their duty of care requirements, HR professionals say.

Research from Collinson Group, a global insurance and assistance provider, says that 23% of HR professionals they questioned say their organisation is increasingly sending staff to pursue opportunities in emerging economies such as Russia and China.   more ...

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Lassa Fever - What You Need To Know

Posted on Monday March 26, 2018 (08:18:21)

These days, it seems as though there is always an epidemic for us to worry about. Bird flu and SARS, swine flu and Zika, even the terrifying Ebola have threatened to spread around the word. Every sneeze and fever seem to represent a real and present threat to life. Now, another deadly disease is threatening to strike fear into doctors, governments and travellers alike in the form of Lassa fever.   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update March 2018

Posted on Monday March 19, 2018 (10:25:52)

Demand rockets for expat travel risk advice

Advice on the risks facing expats and executive travellers is growing quickly, say International SOS and Control Risks. The organisations say that over the last 10 years, demand for their specialist advice has gone up by 800%.   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update February 2018

Posted on Thursday February 22, 2018 (11:52:25)

Sending Staff Overseas 'More Complicated'

The process of sending an employee overseas has become more difficult and complicated from a duty of care perspective thanks to travel risks increasing, a survey of HR professionals reveals.

The findings from the Collinson Group show that 54 percent of HR professionals say that while issues have become more difficult over the past year, they will become more difficult and complicated over the next year. Just seven percent of respondents said this process will not become more complicated this year.   more ...

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Feeling SAD? Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder As An Expat

Posted on Monday January 29, 2018 (11:40:20)

This time of year is famed for the ‘Winter Blues’, the underwhelming funk that settles in after the festive season. For many people, this may be a hangover from overindulging in food and drink or splashing too much cash. However, for others, the cold and dark of the winter months trigger a depression that can have a very real and debilitating effect. Expats moving to northern latitudes may find themselves suffering symptoms for the first time.   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update January 2018

Posted on Friday January 26, 2018 (18:52:22)

Aviva announces move out of international PMI

Insurance firm Aviva has announced that it's leaving the international private medical insurance (IPMI) market to focus on its other UK insurance businesses.

Aviva's health insurance business is being taken over by Aetna International and Aviva has confirmed that they will maintain a relationship with current clients until their renewal time, when they’ll be offered terms from Aetna. The cessation of new business and transfer at renewal process starts from the 1st of May this year and will run for 12 months. Aviva is maintaining headcount within the teams that service the policies to ensure that both intermediaries and customers will receive support as and when required until the policy is renewed elsewhere.   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update December 2017

Posted on Friday December 15, 2017 (14:00:14)

Expanding Expat Workforce Changes Health Focus

With the global workforce of expats expanding, international employers are adapting how they deliver health and well-being benefits to employees, reveals a survey. Expats are increasingly demanding more extensive lifestyle and medical benefits in their relocation packages. They are also looking for flexible working arrangements and a focus on their well-being and mental health.

The findings from Bupa Global, who questioned human resources directors working for international employers, discovered that 52% of respondents reported a greater demand for employee benefits over the last five years. Also, one in three HR directors say the demand had led to greater well-being and health benefits for expats being put in place.   more ...

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Bupa Global

Bupa Global is one of the world’s largest international health insurers. We offer direct access to over 1.2m medical providers worldwide, and we settle directly with them so you don’t have to pay up front for your treatment. We provide access to leading specialists without the need to see your family doctor first and ensure that you have the same level of cover wherever you might be, home or away.

Cigna International

Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.