One-in-four (24.5%) expats took out a new policy to provide cover for family members due to coronavirus.

Furthermore, 35.5% of expats added family members to their current insurance plan due to the global pandemic. 82.6% of expats actually developed healthier habits during the coronavirus outbreak.

This is according to the Expat Family Wellness Survey 2020: The Impact of COVID-19 by Aetna International. The report surveyed 1,000 expat families in the UK, US, Singapore, and UAE and how they managed both their own on their children’s health.

However, not all expats took out new insurance as a result of coronavirus. 15.9% didn’t buy extra cover but did consider it. Also, 7.3% didn’t but extra cover for family members but would consider it for the future.

Overall, 60% of respondents either added family members to an existing insurance plan or took out new cover so immediate relatives could be added. 33% of expats already had health insurance to cover everyone.

Of the 82.6% of expats that developed healthier habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, 69.5% did so because the pandemic made them aware of their own health.

Dr Hemal Desai, global medical director, Aetna International, says: “The health crisis has clearly made people more aware of their own health. It’s heartening to see that people have been developing healthy habits to keep themselves well. Private medical insurance has become increasingly important for expats as a means of protecting one of their most valuable assets – their health and the health of their families.

“Organisations like ours are more than just an insurance provider. At Aetna, we are a health and wellness partner helping people access health care solutions for physical and mental health in a way that suits them, both online and in their local community. As the impact of COVID-19 continues it is more important than ever that people protect their own health and that of their family.”