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Insurance - Moving from Expat to Local WHILE pregnant

Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:35 am
by bec010
Hi team,
Weird situation... my husband's expat contract and associated expat health insurance is going to wrap up earlier than originally planned (cost cutting, grrrr) and we are looking to transfer onto a local contract with his company. Unfortunately this means that our wonderful CIGNA international expat health insurance will wrap up in December.
We have been trying to get pregnant and now I'm worried that while the OBGYN fees will be covered while on the expat insurance, what happens with delivery fees etc.? If I switch onto a new health insurance policy halfway through my pregnancy, I understand that in Singapore I'd technically have to re-serve waiting periods (unlike in Australia where your coverage would continue based on previous coverage). Any ideas on how to get around this? E.g. Could we prepay our maternity package while still covered under the old plan?
Thanks!!!

Re: Insurance - Moving from Expat to Local WHILE pregnant

Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 2018 2:01 pm
by PNGMK
Delay getting pregnant? Return to Australia to give birth? No other way comes to mind and yes, if things go wrong it can be horribly expensive here.

Re: Insurance - Moving from Expat to Local WHILE pregnant

Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:02 pm
by BBCDoc
Depends where you intend to deliver in Singapore, some places are cheaper than others.

If the local package suffices, then just pay the cash. If not, perhaps you need to rethink your first choice delivery options at Gleneagles or Mt E.

Doubt any insurance company will want to take any future risk if they can avoid it.




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Re: Insurance - Moving from Expat to Local WHILE pregnant

Posted: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 2:56 pm
by expatfamily18
You should talk to Cigna to see if you can transfer your current plan, maybe even talk to a broker who might be able to help you ?

Re: Insurance - Moving from Expat to Local WHILE pregnant

Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 5:10 pm
by kuhadv
Hello dear,
How did you manage this situation with insurance ?pl do share your view on this.


bec010 wrote:Hi team,
Weird situation... my husband's expat contract and associated expat health insurance is going to wrap up earlier than originally planned (cost cutting, grrrr) and we are looking to transfer onto a local contract with his company. Unfortunately this means that our wonderful CIGNA international expat health insurance will wrap up in December.
We have been trying to get pregnant and now I'm worried that while the OBGYN fees will be covered while on the expat insurance, what happens with delivery fees etc.? If I switch onto a new health insurance policy halfway through my pregnancy, I understand that in Singapore I'd technically have to re-serve waiting periods (unlike in Australia where your coverage would continue based on previous coverage). Any ideas on how to get around this? E.g. Could we prepay our maternity package while still covered under the old plan?
Thanks!!!