Expat Focus International Healthcare Update March 2022

Covid-19 remains the dominant issue in healthcare news for expats; however, the pandemic – though still ongoing – is now having less of an impact than it has had over the past two years, and the world is gradually starting to open up again. Returning to the UK If you are coming back into the … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update February 2022

AI, apps and mental health As technology continues to develop, how far can we employ it to safeguard our mental health? This is the question being asked in South Korea at the moment, where elderly and possibly isolated people are using Naver’s new ClovaCall. The South Korean tech giant has produced Clova as an AI … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update February 2022

The international healthcare news for expats is still dominated by Covid-19, but the better news is that Omicron – while not completely unproblematic – seems to be proving to be comparatively mild among the vaccinated. More and more countries are starting to open up, with a few holdouts such as Hong Kong and New Zealand, … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update January 2022

“Intrinsic link” between financial advice and mental health Investment advisory firm Black Swan Capital reported last month that surveys have shown an ‘intrinsic link’ between mental health and receiving financial advice. The study was undertaken by leading bank HSBC, and highlighted a number of points: • 74% of adults who sought financial advice have an … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update January 2022

Health news for expats continues to be dominated by Covid-19. On a positive note, the Omicron variant appears – on the face of current evidence – to be milder than first feared, and the vaccination wall seems to be holding. Regulations against Covid-19 vary considerably from country to country, even within the UK. This month, … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update December 2021

Flexible working and mental health The recent HSBC annual Expat Explorer survey revealed that many expats put flexible working as high on their list of priorities when choosing a company. The benefits of flexible working – either in the form of working fully from home, flexible office hours or hybrid work (part digital) – have … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update December 2021

Healthcare news across the globe has been dominated by yet another new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. At the time of writing, it is not yet known how serious a threat Omicron poses. It appears to be highly infectious, but that does not necessarily mean it is more lethal or that it will lead to a higher … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update November 2021

Mental health issues continue to feature in the post-pandemic news. We’ll take a look at some new developments and how they might affect you as an expat.   Mental health hotline in Prague is extended Prague’s Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital has reported record levels of people using its mental health hotline, part of the Hospital’s Crisis … Read more

Expat Focus International News Update November 2021

Post-Covid confidence rises among expats The 14th annual Expat Explorer study, published in mid-October, shows that confidence among expats remains high. The yearly survey collects data from over 20,000 people who live and work abroad. As one might expect, 75% of expats reported that their optimism is a result of the waning effects of the … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update November 2021

Covid-19 continues to dominate international news headlines when it comes to healthcare. On the one hand is the relaxation of travel restrictions, whereas on the other are fears that death rates globally could increase as a result of waning immunity. Expat Focus asked a UK-based respiratory consultant for his views in mid-November, and he replied … Read more

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