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Medical tourism becomes safer for medical tourists with the launch of insurance specifically for people traveling abroad to obtain medical treatment.
“Episodes Medical Travel Insurance offers travelers protection against certain risks of surgery along with safeguards against medical emergencies, lost luggage and trip delays,” says Stephen K. Watkins, CEO of Mondial Assistance (Thailand) Co. Ltd, which is providing in-country support in Thailand. Episodes coverage is unique, combining standard travel insurance with coverage for complications of plastic surgery, dental treatment, and major surgery. “Mondial Assistance (Thailand) is based in the world’s leading medical destination and we are part of the world’s leading travel insurance and assistance company,” says Watkins.
“We are the best company to provide the support that this kind of insurance requires.” Thailand’s top hospitals, Bumrungrad International and Bangkok Hospital, Medical Travel Quality Alliance, and Mondial helped with the development of Episodes Medical Travel Insurance to ensure best possible benefits medical tourists. Episodes insurance covers medical tourists for complications of surgery and anesthesia, cardiopulmonary events or post-operative complications that may occur during an episode of care even after they return home. Medical tourists may buy online only complications insurance or complete medical travel coverage.
Travel insurance companies typically refuse to provide even standard travel cover to anyone specifically planning to travel overseas for medical care. Other medical travel coverage is limited by a traveler’s country of origin or is expensive. Episodes insurance premiums match the savings expected from medical tourism providers. Episodes Medical Travel Insurance is available now to anyone who is traveling to Thailand for medical treatment.
Other medical destinations will be rolled out as demand warrants. The insurance policy is underwritten by a subsidiary of a leading global insurance company and serviced by Mondial Assistance (Thailand) in Bangkok. Mondial Assistance (Thailand) Co. Ltd. has been operating in Thailand since 2000. The company has established a leading position in the Thai market as a service provider to the travel, healthcare and automotive industries. It is part of the Mondial Assistance Group, which operates a worldwide network of 400,000 service providers serving 250 million people on six continents. Mondial Assistance is a member of the Allianz Group.
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