5 Healthcare Tips for Expats

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  1. Wherever you go, your med records should follow

One of the biggest challenges expats face is finding and maintaining high quality medical care. While Medihoo can help you find the right care it’s always a good idea to maintain an up-to-date copy of your medical records so new care providers have easy access to your medical history.  Your medical records should contain basic info like name, date of birth, insurance numbers and the names and locations of your general practitioners. Ask your doctor for your full medical history. It is possible he will charge you to produce these records and it will take time. So ask well in advance, preferably in writing.

  1. Check Medihoo.com before the emergency

The problem with finding good health care is that it always needs to happen when there’s a problem or emergency. To avoid stressful situations, it is best to know beforehand where the best medical professionals in the city you are relocating to can be found. The local embassy can help, but in a pinch medihoo.com can help you find good healthcare.

  1. Research local illnesses, diseases and health warnings.

Leishmaniasis? What? There are many obscure diseases in the world and while you shouldn’t visit webmd too much for fear of becoming a total hypochondriac, it is a good idea to do some research on the most prevalent health issues in the country you are relocating to. The US Center for Disease Control and Australia’s Smarttraveler site are good jumping off points for destination-specific information for people working and living overseas.

  1. Where are the band-aids?

Every home should have a well stocked First Aid kit. You can buy these anywhere, but we consider the family deluxe kit from Red Cross America to be the gold standard. Find the contents here. Make sure your first aid kit is up-to-date and that everyone in your household knows where it is and preferably how to use it.

  1. Take care of yourself

It’s cliché. But eating healthy and getting lots of exercise goes a long way. Combine that with an annual check-up and you should be good to go. When living abroad you should keep track of your health: make note of changes, schedule annual check-ups for you and your family well in advance and make sure you know where to go when problems arise. Medihoo.com is a totally free service to connect you with good health-care providers. Visit us and help us share good care!

Australia the land of Growth

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Each year, when the statistics about livability are published, Australia always finds its way in amongst some of the best countries to live in and travel to.  However claiming that it has some of the best cities in the world doesn’t say much when we neglect to talk about what our industry growth is like and what sectors will be the best/safest to find work in.

It’s all well and good to move or travel to Australia because a blog post told you to (see also blog page), but realistically you need to do a little bit more research before you decide to take the plunge.

Read more about it HERE

Source: expatvisa

Preparing for an Expat Relocation? Don’t panic, with the right support it can be easy!

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There are many things that need to be done in preparation for any expat relocation. No matter where you are relocating to, and no matter how long, it will undoubtedly be an exciting time tinged with some trepidation and perhaps not a little fear. This article highlights the preparations you need to make before you leave, both in practical terms, but also how you can prepare yourself in other ways for the big move.

Learning about your new home

The details of your move have been confirmed, but where do you start in getting yourself prepared, both in practical terms but also with regards to gaining some insight and understanding of the community and society in which you are about to immerse yourself?

At least a cursory understanding of the history of the city and country you’re moving to is a must, especially if you’re coming from a western country that has experienced relative stability since the end of WWII. So many other countries in the intervening years have gone through tremendous political upheavals in that time—even somewhere as seemingly calm and stable as Singapore, for instance—that in many cases it’s impossible even to begin to get to know people without an understanding of the forces that have shaped their society. To this end, I would always encourage reading widely, both fiction and non-fiction, subscribing to some blogs by writers living in your destination city, and watching films that are set in the city to which you are about to move or are made by filmmakers who hail from there.

Language of course is always a confronting issue for expats. As someone who has experienced at first-hand the difficulties of trying to engage in and fully experience a culture without speaking the language, I can’t recommend highly enough the importance of at least getting to grips with some basics before you leave. No-one, least of all yourself, would or should expect you to know more than a few basic phrases before you arrive, but getting hold of a phrasebook is a positive start. And do some research online about the language courses and learning opportunities that will be available once you arrive. You will surprised to find that in big cities like Beijing or Shanghai, for instance, just how many courses there are, or community groups that you can join that will enable you to learn, practise and use your new language.

Practical Preparations

In practical terms, during this period there will be many, many things to organise. These will be things at home, as well as in your destination city.

There will be visa and work permits to sort out, of course. But there are any number of other things to consider. You may need to get some vaccinations, and if so the timetable of these needs to be planned in advance. Will you be taking pets with you? If so, you will need to acquaint yourself with the sometimes quite complex procedures involved in taking them abroad.

Couple looking at their new house.

Couple looking at their new house.

For most soon-to-be expats, however, housing and education are the areas that cause the most stress. In terms of the the former, I would always recommend doing some specific research geared towards exploring the different neighbourhoods in your destination city in order to find the one with the best amenities to suit your needs. All cities, no matter where they are in the world, have districts with very distinct characteristics. Some neighbourhoods will have a more suburban feel, ideal for family life, while others may be more suited to the inner-city lifestyle. Getting to know the expat neighbourhoods in advance is also an ideal way to give yourself some peace of mind, learn about the city, and to prepare yourself for what to expect when you finally move.

If you are relocating with school age children, a seamless continuation of their education will no doubt be a priority. You will want to look at all of the options available, and fortunately there are plenty of good sources of information in this regard. Choosing the right school can be a time-consuming procedure, not to mention a bit daunting, but with some diligent research you can feel confident about narrowing the choices down to a handful of possible options. Joining expat forums is also a very effective way of learning more about schools, as you can often get the inside story in a way that you might not from more official sources.

Most importantly—don’t panic!

Assuming that you have sufficient time to prepare for your relocation, and make some efforts to be organised and have a timetable in place, you will find that there are enough resources out there to answer the many questions that you no doubt have. Don’t forget, many others have experienced this too and most expats are more than happy to share their experiences with others. Take advantage of this, learn from others, and never be afraid to ask questions.


Mark Angus is the Online Editor at Expat Essentials. Expat Essentials publish online relocation guides for expat families moving to Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Expat Essentials guides are designed to provide comprehensive information on international schools and the education systems in these cities, to help expats to learn more about neighbourhoods and the housing options that are available. In addition, you can find medical and healthcare providers, many of whom you will also find listed here on Medihoo.

International removals – Doree Bonner International

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