Expats have a lot to consider when moving to a new country. Health is one of the most pivotal areas of contemplation. You need to discover whether the health care in your new country is of a good standard or not and if you will have access to it. Many people do not realise that expats are required to have health insurance in lots of countries. An increasing number of governments are enforcing international medical insurance and such like on expatriates in a move to combat increasing health care expenses. No one wants to be in a position where they need medical attention but cannot get access to it, which is why doing your research is so important.
The latest country to demand foreigners to have the likes of expatriate health insurance is Qatar. By the end of 2015, all companies employing foreign workers will have to pay for medical insurance on their behalf. This law will take effect in the first quarter of 2015 for white-collar workers. For blue-collar non-national workers the legislation will impact them towards the end of next year. The assistant secretary general for policy affairs at the Supreme Council of Health, Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussein Ali, said the move is designed to ensure that both nationals and non-nationals in Qatar have access to standard minimum health care services. He also believes the law will make the price of health insurance more competitive.
Qatar is simply one in a long list of countries that have made this sort of move. From France to Dubai, there are different laws in place that expatriates need to be aware of. In Dubai, medical insurance is compulsory for locals as well as visitors. Turkey recently announced legislation impacting any foreigner under the age of 65. Such individuals are now required to have expatriate medical insurance that covers unlimited in-patient treatment and a minimum of £553 or 2000 lira in regards to outpatient treatment. If you live in France and are from outside of Europe you have to meet extremely stringent health care cover standards if you are under the retirement age and do not work.
Thus, the moral of the story is to do extensive research before you move abroad! Qatar is not the first country to make medical health insurance compulsory for expats and it certainly will not be the last. Moreover, the stipulations are different from country to country; therefore it is important to understand how they relate to you.