In the article International Private Medical Insurance (iPMI) Magazine looks back at the most read articles and cases studies of the year.
Congratulations to Chris Knight, Head of Assistance for Charles Taylor Assistance, who took "pen to paper", providing an excellent article looking at how COVID-19 may affect travel in the future. A warm thank you to all contributors who took the time to work with iPMI Magazine, to help educate international medical, health insurance and assistance markets.
By Chris Knight, Head of Assistance for Charles Taylor Assistance: providers of global medical & security assistance, travel risk and claims management.
Not so long ago, global travel intelligence platform Skift coined the term, "Permanxiety" to describe the high levels of worry felt by business travellers - about everything from technology to terrorism and culture wars to climate change. Little did it anticipate the coming of COVID Anxiety to add to this extensive list.
Jacob Weiss – Global Threat Analyst – MENA for global travel risk management and international medical and security assistance provider, Healix International, provides an insight into the impact of COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa.
Written by Global Excel.
Managing a complex claim is one of the biggest challenges faced by medical assistance professionals. Each claim requires a highly adaptive approach, using specialized techniques, robust multidisciplinary strategies and flawless communication. Harmonizing these elements for success demands a very high degree of flexibility and creativity, in-depth medical knowledge and astute discernment, especially when working within different medical and cultural contexts around the world.
By Jenny Cohen Derfler, CEO of Air Doctor
Everyone is speculating – although "fantasizing" might be a better word – about what the post-COVID-19 world will look like. Experts say that the situation could be under control in the countries that became infected first, but the COVID-19 situation changes too fast, so it is difficult to predict the future.
At 02:45hrs, global medical and security assistance provider, Traveller Assist received a phone call from a distressed male who explained that he was a member of a small scientific team who had been on a remote expedition in the jungles of Costa Rica for the past 12-weeks; with absolutely no contact with the outside world, and seemingly no idea about the global lockdown that is in place due to Covid-19.
CEGA, a Charles Taylor company, and AXA are driving innovation in the travel insurance sector with the Travel Health Calculator.
In October 2019, the Travel Health Calculator was launched by travel insurer AXA. Enabled by technology developed by claims and medical assistance providers CEGA, a Charles Taylor company, the online tool offers a unique solution to travel insurance uncertainty. In short, it helps to empower people with pre-existing medical conditions to find the right travel insurance at a suitable price.
Nothing has accelerated the take-up of virtual health services more than Covid-19, so are we looking at lasting changes in consumer health care behaviour? asks Dr Sneh Khemka, VP of Population Health, Aetna International.
With the legacy of lockdown still fresh in our minds, many simple tasks have suddenly become much more complicated. Activities that we previously took for granted in the western world, such as visiting the doctor to access everyday treatments, are now clouded by concerns around social distancing and the risk of infection.
Written by Jonathan Bancroft, Managing Director of Traveller Assist.
For the past two-years, the Nepali government has vehemently denied their involvement in the helicopter rescue scam that has defrauded millions of dollars from foreign insurers and claimed the lives of several trekkers. In fact, the Tourism Ministry has not only denied that the fraud happens at all, but they have also gone as far as to accuse the accusers of lying to frame them, in what has been assessed by PR and legal experts as a coordinated media campaign attempting to cover up the governments involvement.
By Angela Smith, Head of Proposition Development at Charles Taylor Assistance.
The business travel market contributes as much as $1.4 trillion to the annual global economy, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). And, as the world continues to feel the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a greater need to enable those who can resume global movement to do so in a safe and managed way.
Written by Andy Edwards, Global Head of International Health Insurance, AXA – Global Healthcare.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is always daunting, but when that diagnosis is delivered in a foreign country, it can be particularly frightening and potentially, quite a lonely experience. Without warning, someone with a new cancer diagnosis may have to navigate an unfamiliar healthcare system, arrange treatment – sometimes in a foreign language – and in certain countries, find a way of funding their treatment themselves.