There has been a steep devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar in recent months. Official exchange rates defined by organizations like Dow Jones – that are used in the claims reimbursement process by many expatriate group insurance companies, no longer reflect market exchange rates. Continuing to do so could lead to reimbursing claims for amounts that are disproportionate to the actual market value of the expenses.
The World Health Organization recently declared the West African Ebola epidemic that has killed nearly 1,000 people an international public-health emergency. As the Ebola virus continues its march across Africa, international health insurance providers and their medical evacuation suppliers are continuing to monitor the precarious situation there. Some clients of TFG Global and Expat Financial which have employees in Africa are asking how their employees will be treated should they become infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
There have been reported outbreaks of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. One infected person even died in Lagos, Nigeria after a plane trip from a nearby country. Ebola virus is a rare and deadly disease. The Ebola incubation period, from exposure to when signs or symptoms appear, usually ranges from 2 to 21 days. Early symptoms include sudden fever, chills, and muscle aches. Around the fifth day, a skin rash can occur. Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea may follow. It is vital that one seek treatment as soon as possible and take immediate steps not expose others to the illness.
Recent studies have shown that medical inflation trends continue to rise unabated for both individual and employee sponsored international health insurance plans. The average global annual inflation trend for medical costs may be 10% overall, but the percentage is higher in select countries such as the USA and Canada, where many expatriates are covered and may seek treatment. Companies such as Aetna Global and Cigna International often report medical inflation trends of 12 to 13%. This trend rate is also shared by many expat insurance providers.
Moving abroad to work and life can be a huge decision for both you and your family. A move abroad involves a lot of advance preparation and planning-such as where to live, transport, where to educate your children, getting help, language training etc… It can all be quite daunting, especially if you have never worked abroad or are receiving little help from your employer.
Why Expat Health Insurance is Essential for Expatriates
At Expat Financial, we like to give expatriates the tools and information to personalize their requirement for expatriate health insurance. Easy access to superior healthcare is a necessity for anyone living or working abroad. As you may know, in the developing world and even in some developed countries, the local medical institutions can be inadequate, costly or unattainable depending. Everyone experiences sickness and accidents in their lifetime and superb expatriate health insurance coverage is a critical step in one’s recovery and also maintaining one’s health.
David Tompkins, the President of TFG Global Insurance Solutions Ltd. which owns and operates Expat Financial, was interviewed by Douglas Goldstein on July 2012 on Arutz Sheva, the Israel National Radio business show Goldstein on Gelt. The interview has been recently been posted to Youtube and you can listen and even view the interview online by clicking HERE.
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