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Pregnancy Healthcare for Expat Women

Regardless of cultural background, there is one given in healthcare: pregnant women want to know what they can do to improve the likelihood of a trouble-free pregnancy and a healthy baby. For ex-pat women in Shanghai, the challenge is compounded by the fact that their extended family is overseas, meaning their support network is far away. The following general advice should ensure that a woman should deliver a healthy child, however. Pregnancy health maintenance starts way before conception, and pre-conception ...

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Local Cover Vs International Insurance for Expats in Vietnam

 Are you an expat in Vietnam who is trying to figure out which health insurance plan to purchase? Are you still undecided on your options and want to know more about the differences in insurance types, the positives, and the negatives? If so, we can help you to see the light, gain a spot of clarity and make the right choice that works best for you. Living in Vietnam is a fantastic life-changing experience, and if you live in one ...

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Expat Health Insurance in Thailand – Employee Insurance Vs Personal Coverage

Are you an expat who is currently considering whether or not to get health insurance in Thailand? It might be one of the most important decisions you make in life, so it’s imperative that you understand all the options currently in the marketplace to make a calculated choice. Living in Thailand can be a lonely place in times of trouble, and especially if you don’t have insurance and find yourself with a massive medical bill that costs thousands of dollars. ...

Group Health Insurance for International Schools

All international schools need to have group health insurance for their teachers, local employees and students at their school. This is highly important for the teachers when they apply for a position at a school, and is extremely essential for the students and their families. There are a multitude of companies that supply these services in Asia and it can be a little overwhelming and rather difficult to decide which company best suits people’s needs. It can also be highly ...

Cancer prevention Tips

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle and risk assessment According to the American Cancer Society, up to two-thirds of all cancer cases could be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives. By committing to a healthier lifestyle, you can reduce your risks for many cancers. Maintain a healthy diet Choose foods and drinks in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables every day, choose ...

Expat Relocation – Problems with settling in

Common problems when settling into the city Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok or Tokyo are all bustling metropolises – full of energy, change and potential. But its unpredictability can be a source of frustration as well as excitement. On trips home, you can regale your friends with stories to feed their romantic notions of life in an international city, but all of this glitz and glamour can come at a cost. Besides the obvious issues of pollution, traffic, language and cultural ...

Glossary of Common Health Insurance Terms

Pre-existing conditions Pre-existing conditions are defined as: An illness or injury that has displayed symptoms or is known to the policyholder prior to the time of application for the plan. Pre-existing conditions can potentially affect an insurance company’s decision to provide coverage. There are a number of options that we can offer in regards to pre-existing conditions. Cover after a waiting period – A moratorium of usually 24 months is offered. If, during this time there is no treatment (check ups, medications prescribed, ...

Why U.S. Insurance is the Most Expensive

Many people will agree that the USA is able to provide some of the finest medical treatment in the world. The healthcare infrastructure in the United States is vast and of an extremely high quality. However, the excellence of service and high standard of treatment comes with an expensive price tag; a price tag that is frequently too high for many people to bear alone. If you live outside North America, or are planning to move, consider getting international health ...

Healthy Family Travelling in Asia

As the temperature/rain and humidity start to increase, many people will be planning their holiday adventures. Whether it is a short getaway or a longer journey, plan a health regime before you go. We can’t so caught up in counting down the days to our holiday that we forget about how much energy we expand on making those plans to co-ordinate everyone in the family and making sure all the boxes ticked before you leave. If you are flying, the ...

Self-Medicating in China

A common dilemma for expats, especially newcomers, is how many bottles of cough syrup and packets of paracetamol to bring back after every home visit. Yi Jun Fang, Associate Pharmacy Manager at Shanghai United Family Hospital, assures us it’s not necessary to fit an entire medicine cabinet in our suitcase, especially over-the-counter medicines. “Bring sufficient supplies of essential medication, such as treatment for blood pressure, Type II diabetes or asthma, but rest as- sured, most other medicines are available here.” ...