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Update On Ebola Outbreak

Update On Ebola Outbreak

Healix is closely monitoring the current outbreak of Ebola and is sending regular updates and advice to our clients as the outbreak continues.

The government of Australia has announced new immigration ...

29-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Aon Launches Ebola Liability Product For Health Care Industry

Aon Launches Ebola Liability Product For Health Care Industry

Aon, has launched an Ebola response product available to all health care institutions and features worldwide coverage on cases brought in the U.S. Negotiated in partnership with Hiscox, the product covers

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28-10-2014 iPMI Magazine International Private Medical Insurance Product News

Med Con Team Supports More Than 80% Of German Cruise Ships In Case Of Medical Disembarkation

Med Con Team Supports More Than 80% Of German Cruise Ships In  Case Of Medical Disembarkation

med con team GmbH is proud to announce cooperation with the largest German cruise lines, like AIDA cruises and TUI cruises, concerning medical disembarkations and support in crisis situations. med con

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20-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News

Read Now - International Private Medical Insurance VS Local Health Insurance - Roundtable

Read Now - International Private Medical Insurance VS Local Health Insurance - Roundtable

In the most recent International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Executive Round Table business forum, we speak with leading C-Level Executives about the major differences between international and local health insurance plans.

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19-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

World Premiere: Med Con Team Launches SOS-Call.Eu

World Premiere: Med Con Team Launches SOS-Call.Eu

Worldwide Service to significantly accelerate emergency calls. SOS-Call.eu is the first service worldwide to significantly accelerate the dispatch of emergency services. By utilizing the latest technology, SOS-Call.eu has generated a time saving

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19-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News

Healix Recognised In EMMA Awards For Best Employee Benefits And Services Provider

Healix Recognised In EMMA Awards For Best Employee Benefits And Services Provider

The Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards in Singapore for the APAC region saw Healix ‘highly commended’ for its International Medical Screening service.

Healix were delighted that its contribution towards helping employers ...

16-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Air Travel Demand Picks-up In August

Air Travel Demand Picks-up In August

Global passenger traffic results for August showing a slight pick-up in demand over the previous month. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) increased 5.9% compared to August 2013, which was above the

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07-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Travel News

Hong Kong Travel Advice

Hong Kong Travel Advice

Protests continue outside the Central Government Offices (CGO) and Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong as well as in Central, Causeway Bay and Mongkok.

This has led ...

07-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence

Manulife, China Bank Deepen Strategic Bancassurance Alliance

Manulife, China Bank Deepen Strategic Bancassurance Alliance

Officials of China Bank and Manulife Philippines have announced that they are strengthening their strategic bancassurance alliance through an increased bank ownership stake in the joint venture company Manulife China Bank

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06-10-2014 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Cigna Plans Are Top-Ranked In Arizona, According To NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings

Cigna Plans Are Top-Ranked In Arizona, According To NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings

Cigna (NYSE: CI) has the top-ranked Health Maintenance Organization/Point of Service (HMO/POS) and Preferred Provider Organization-type (PPO-type) plans in Arizona, according to National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Private Health Insurance

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03-10-2014 iPMI Magazine International Private Medical Insurance Product News

GeoBlue® Introduces New Health Plan For Expatriates And World Travelers

GeoBlue® Introduces New Health Plan For Expatriates And World Travelers

GeoBlue today announced the introduction of a new health insurance plan for individual expatriates and long-term international leisure and business travelers. GeoBlue Xplorer Select allows world travelers who are in the

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30-09-2014 iPMI Magazine International Private Medical Insurance Product News

Cigna Inspire: Refreshed, Updated And Strengthened International Health Insurance Plans

Cigna Inspire: Refreshed, Updated And Strengthened International Health Insurance Plans

Cigna Inspire is a benefits package with a wide range of benefits and different levels of cover, allowing you to choose from 3 comprehensive plans. Each plan option provides peace of

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30-09-2014 iPMI Magazine International Private Medical Insurance Product News

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  • Aetna Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Results
    Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced third-quarter 2014 operating earnings of $638.6 million, or $1.79 per share, a per-share increase of 11 percent over the third quarter of 2013. Net income for the third quarter of 2014 was $594.5 million, or $1.67 per share. Net income for the third quarter includes $0.12 per share of net charges. “Aetna reported solid third-quarter results, including our 10th consecutive quarter of membership growth, record quarterly operating revenues, and continued high single-digit pretax operating margin,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman, CEO and president. “These results are a testament to the power of our strategy and…
    Written on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:18 in iPMI Magazine Company Results News
  • Number Of International Tourists Visiting Greece In The First Half Of 2014 Grew By 17%
    Meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during his official visit to Greece, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai commended the excellent results of Greece´s tourism sector, indicating that 2014 will come to an exceptional close (Athens, Greece, 22 October 2014). The number of international tourists visiting Greece in the first half of 2014 grew by 17%, driven by the strong demand from key European outbound markets such as Germany and the United Kingdom. Such results, which are well above the growth registered in Southern European destinations (+7%), consolidate the very positive performance of 2013 and confirm the importance of the tourism…
    Written on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Five-Year Forecast Shows Improved Outlook For Air Cargo
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Industry Forecast 2014-2018 shows that international freight volumes are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% over the next five years. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, will be the fastest-growing markets. “Air cargo remains as vital to the global economic system as ever. This year, more than $6.8 trillion worth of goods, equivalent to 35% of total world trade by value, will be transported around the world by air. So it is welcome to see a forecast for a return to growth for the…
    Written on Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Premier Assurance Group (PA Group) Appoints Charles Jorge as Senior Vice President of Business Development
    In an effort to continue its expansion into new markets, Premier Assurance Group (PA Group) has appointed Mr. Charles Jorge as the Senior Vice President Business Development. Mr. Jorge will be responsible for further strengthening the business model as well as continuing to expand PA Group’s worldwide presence. Mr. Jorge’s primary role will be to lead the international sales and marketing team for PA Group’s Life and Investments division as well as its Accident and Health division. He will be charged with driving profitable growth through PA Group’s various international health and investment branded solutions, namely Premier Trust and Premier…
    Written on Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:15 in iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News
  • Cega Wins Expacare Contract
    CEGA, the global assistance, repatriation and claims management company has been appointed by Expacare to support its international PMI policyholders. This new arrangement will see Expacare utilising CEGA's comprehensive package of global care services, that include 24/7 emergency medical assistance, worldwide evacuation and repatriation, cost containment and fraud investigation. "Expacare's medical assistance partner must not only offer value-added services for both brokers and members, they must also have a deep understanding of - and experience in - the international healthcare field," says Beverly Cook, Managing Director of Expacare. "This is why we have chosen to work with CEGA." "We're delighted…
    Written on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:55 in iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News
  • New Zealand Provides Huge Growth Opportunities For Online Aggregators
    The rise of online aggregators has changed the distribution of insurance products around the world. There has been huge success stories for comparisons in the UK with online aggregators now accounting for 60% of new motor insurance policies and 50% of personal insurance lines. This growth trend can also be seen in other European markets and in Australia, however until now comparisons are yet to achieve similar success in New Zealand. Comparetravelinsurance.co.nz Associate Director Natalie Ball says: “Comparison websites are inevitable in New Zealand. In the last few months we’ve seen an increase in Kiwi’s researching their travel insurance by…
    Written on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:31 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • One Quarter Of Expats Don’t Have International Health Insurance Because They Don’t Think They Need It
    International health insurance provider, Now Health International today announces findings from its online expat survey. The survey included questions about a range of expat experiences, including their attitude to expat health cover. As the provision of international medical insurance becomes more crucial than ever - with costs for medical care in popular expat locations experiencing double-digit inflation in recent years - it’s shocking to discover that 25% of expats who completed Now Health’s survey had no international medical cover in place, citing that they wouldn’t need it because they were currently healthy and would not fall ill. Martin Garcia, CEO…
    Written on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:17 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Med Con Team Supports More Than 80% Of German Cruise Ships In Case Of Medical Disembarkation
    med con team GmbH is proud to announce cooperation with the largest German cruise lines, like AIDA cruises and TUI cruises, concerning medical disembarkations and support in crisis situations. med con team GmbH is taking care of the passengers and their relatives suffering illness or injuries, which require further medical treatment at a harbor based hospital. med con team GmbH organizes medical treatments, communicates with the local doctors and organizes the repatriation for patient and relatives, if required. In addition to the medical care at a high level, med con team GmbH has a world-wide network with German speaking local…
    Written on Monday, 20 October 2014 14:48 in iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News
  • Read Now - International Private Medical Insurance VS Local Health Insurance - Roundtable
    In the most recent International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Executive Round Table business forum, we speak with leading C-Level Executives about the major differences between international and local health insurance plans. As expatriate hot spots around the world continue to mandate health insurance cover for expat employees, under various visa and employment laws, questions from the business community continue to be raised. Issues focus around how new laws will help and assist expatriates and what levels of cover they may expect from local health insurance plans. Read the complete RT, click here.
    Written on Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • World Premiere: Med Con Team Launches SOS-Call.Eu
    Worldwide Service to significantly accelerate emergency calls. SOS-Call.eu is the first service worldwide to significantly accelerate the dispatch of emergency services. By utilizing the latest technology, SOS-Call.eu has generated a time saving of several hours - result that has been scientifically verified. Rescue services are dispatched efficiently and precisely to the patient’s exact location and in the local language. When traveling abroad or in remote areas, there are a variety of factors that can make contacting emergency services directly over the local emergency phone number (112 in Europe, 911 in the States) very difficult. Either a lack of local language…
    Written on Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News
  • A Strategic Review of the World's Top 150 Commercial Non-Life Insurance Brokers
    New research from Finaccord has calculated for the first time a definitive ranking of the world's top 150 broking groups by revenues earned from commercial non-life (P&C) insurance, excluding revenues from personal lines, employee benefits, wholesale insurance and reinsurance. In total, the top 150 brokers earned revenues of USD 28.5 billion from this activity in a global market estimated to have been worth USD 48.5 billion in total in 2013, thereby meaning that they accounted collectively for 58.8% of this total. Aon was the largest competitor with commercial lines revenues of USD 6.1 billion worldwide in 2013 and it was…
    Written on Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Healix Recognised In EMMA Awards For Best Employee Benefits And Services Provider
    The Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards in Singapore for the APAC region saw Healix ‘highly commended’ for its International Medical Screening service. Healix were delighted that its contribution towards helping employers in their duty of care towards their global workforces was recognised by the judging panel. Providing employers with an on-line solution to comprehensively and cost-effectively assess any health risks facing their global workforce, (and dependants), the Healix International Medical Screening service ensures better preparation for overseas assignments. “Many illnesses and health issues suffered by employees working overseas are both predictable and preventable. However, evaluating any health risks associated with…
    Written on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:00 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • State of the Art Inflight Emergency Room
    InflightER and Australian Air Medical are proud to announce the release of a new level of air medical retrieval service to the Australasian and Asia Pacific marketplace. With a strong focus on quality, capability and value for money, our fully integrated class-leading product extracts the best experience and hardware from the worlds of critical care medicine and aviation with a simultaneous emphasis on cost containment, creating a new industry benchmark. Based out of New South Wales and Queensland, our Westwind II VH-IER is an incredibly economical and capable jet platform to operate and maintain and, with a range of up…
    Written on Friday, 10 October 2014 06:11 in iPMI Magazine Medical Air Ambulance Repatriation Medevac Company News
  • Willis Takes Market-Leading Role In Nordics By Completing Acquisition of Max Matthiessen
    Willis Group Holdings plc announced today that it has received the relevant regulatory approvals from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and has completed its acquisition of a controlling stake of approximately 75% in Max Matthiessen. The investment reflects Willis's strategic focus on growing its global Human Capital and Benefits practice. The newly combined business is now the biggest risk adviser and broker in the Nordic region, and the largest international adviser in Sweden. Tim Wright, CEO of Willis International, and leader of the global Human Capital and Benefits practice, said: "Max Matthiessen is a well-established and widely-respected business serving markets…
    Written on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 11:10 in iPMI Magazine Mergers Acquisitions News
  • Risk Industry Must Develop Mitigation And Financing Strategies In Order To Continue Offering Value To Clients
    According to Aon, “many of the risks that businesses list as their most pressing are uninsurable within current policy structures, which is both disappointing and cause for real concern. To remain sustainable and support clients, the risk industry must find ways of staying relevant as traditional risks get bigger and non-traditional risks pose new threats.” Lambros Lambrou, CEO for Aon Risk Solutions in Australia, made these comments in the wake of this year’s Aon Advanced Risk Finance Conference, while warning that the future of risk financing will look very different from that of the past. “Our industry is very sophisticated…
    Written on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:01 in iPMI Magazine Risk News
  • Air Travel Demand Picks-up In August
    Global passenger traffic results for August showing a slight pick-up in demand over the previous month. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) increased 5.9% compared to August 2013, which was above the 5.4% year-over-year increase recorded in July. August capacity climbed 5.5%. The load factor stood at 83.9% which is a 0.3 percentage point rise over August 2013. “August was a good month right across the industry. All regions reported an expansion in demand for air travel. And load factors were high, reflecting the fact that August is peak travel season in the Northern hemisphere. We should, however, keep an eye…
    Written on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:48 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • More Than 1.2 Million Employees, Retirees And Their Families Expected To Choose Health Benefits Through Aon's Suite Of Private Exchange Solutions
    Aon Hewitt today announced that it expects more than 1.2 million employees, retirees and their eligible dependents from more than 100 companies to choose individual and employer-sponsored health benefits through Aon's suite of private health exchanges. This is up from more than 70 companies and over 750,000 employees, retirees and their eligible dependents. As a leader in health solutions, Aon also administers traditional, self-insured health benefits for more than 9.5 million employees and retirees. Aon's suite of market-leading exchange solutions—which includes the Aon Active Health Exchange and the Aon Retiree Health Exchange—are part of a comprehensive portfolio of health care…
    Written on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Manulife, China Bank Deepen Strategic Bancassurance Alliance
    Officials of China Bank and Manulife Philippines have announced that they are strengthening their strategic bancassurance alliance through an increased bank ownership stake in the joint venture company Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corporation (MCBL). Based on the agreement, China Bank is increasing its stake in MCBL to 40 per cent from its current five per cent through the purchase of shares. Since the bancassurance joint venture began in October 2007, MCBL has developed into a business of significance for both China Bank and Manulife. In 2013 it produced an 82 per cent growth in total premium income compared to…
    Written on Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Health Costs Could Derail My Financial Well-Being
    75% fear health costs could ruin prospects for secure retirement. 44% worry health costs will limit ability to pay for child’s college. Top three cost concerns: hospitalization, spouse or partner health, medications. Many see financial wellness as part of overall health. Most view their health positively as a “work-in-progress”. “Show me the money:” cash rewards, premium discounts motivate people A survey released today by Cigna (NYSE:CI) finds that U.S. consumers believe health costs could have a major impact on their financial well-being and their ability to finance future needs, such as putting children through college and enjoying a secure retirement.…
    Written on Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Martin Best Appointed Managing Director of Willis Management (Guernsey) Limited
    Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), has appointed Martin Best as the Managing Director of Willis Management (Guernsey) Ltd, a leading provider of insurance management and consulting services on the island of Guernsey. Best will report to Paul Owens, Chief Executive Officer of Willis Global Captive Management. He has worked within the Willis Captive business since joining the company in 1998, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Willis's International Captive operations. In his new role, Best will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of service for Willis's captive insurance clients on Guernsey. Guernsey, a British Crown dependency and one…
    Written on Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News
  • Air Freight Recovery Strengthens
    August 2014 data for global air freight markets showing continued robust growth in air cargo volumes. Measured by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), volumes rose 5.1% in August, compared to August 2013. Capacity grew at a slower pace of 3.4% from the previous year. This is the second strong month for cargo volumes in a row, following the 6.1% year-on-year rise recorded in July. Carriers in all regions reported an expansion in volumes. Closely following improvements in world trade and business activity, airlines in the Middle East, North America and Asia reported the strongest growth in the 5-8% range. By comparison…
    Written on Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Voyager Insurance Announces The Appointment Of Carl Carter
    Appointment was effective from 1st October 2014. Carter will drive Voyager’s continuing growth, diversification and distribution strategy, building it’s profile, developing new products and distribution channels as well as operational aspects. He will work closely with the Voyager board, Jonathan Buttery and John Peters in further developing Voyager as a leading award winning independent wholesale and retail travel insurance specialist and schemes broker. Commenting on the appointment, Jonathan Buttery, Director and Co-Founder of Voyager Insurance said “Carl’s appointment is an exciting and important strategic milestone in the development of Voyager”. We are delighted to have secured Carl as a Director…
    Written on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News
  • International SOS And Vismo Announce Partnership
    International SOS and Vismo, announced a partnership that delivers an enhanced solution for monitoring, tracking, and assisting travelers to high risk and remote locations. The partnership incorporates Vismo's location based tracking service with International SOS's itinerary and manual check-in based TravelTracker. This solution offers companies expanded visibility into their "high profile" travelers' location by using real time background tracking and geo-fencing capabilities that are appropriate to the risk and enhance a company's ability to prevent potential situations and respond effectively to an incident. "This technology provides organizations a tracking and monitoring solution in challenging places to keep travelers safe and…
    Written on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:48 in iPMI Magazine Information Technology News
  • International Tourist Arrivals Grew 4.6% 1st Half Of 2014
    International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013. Growth was strongest in the Americas (+6%) followed by Asia and the Pacific and Europe (both at +5%). By subregion, South Asia and Northern Europe (both +8%) were the best performers, together with North-East Asia and Southern Mediterranean Europe (both +7%). “These results show that tourism is consolidating the positive performance of recent years, providing development and…
    Written on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:17 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Avanti Adds Home Care Assistance To All Insurance Policies
    Avanti Travel Insurance has recently unveiled the addition of Home Care Assistance to their already award-winning travel insurance policies, another reason why they are a top choice when it comes to booking comprehensive medical travel insurance. While they have already become a highly-regarded name for their pledge to hold no upper age limit on their travel insurance policies, the recently announced news means that those who book their policies are now getting even more value for money. Home care assistance is now included on every policy offered by Avanti Travel Insurance, which means that those who have suffered from an…
    Written on Friday, 19 September 2014 10:16 in iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News