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Most Read International Private Medical Insurance (iPMI) Magazine Executive Interviews 2020

As 2020 draws to a close International Private Medical Insurance (iPMI) Magazine looks back at the most read interviews of the year. Congratulations to Janette Hiscock, CEO Of Global Solutions Europe, United Healthcare Global who takes 1st place, with an in-depth interview from back in August 2020. A warm thank you to all interviewees who took the time to speak with iPMI Magazine about the most pressing issues affecting international medical and health insurance and assistance markets.

iPMI Magazine Speaks With Janette Hiscock, CEO Of Global Solutions Europe, United Healthcare Global

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:19

In this exclusive iPMI Magazine interview, Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine, sits down with Janette Hiscock, CEO of Global Solutions Europe for United Healthcare Global. They discuss in detail the newly formed European division of UnitedHealthcare Global (UHCG) including what makes UnitedHealthcare Global’s offering different, the new benefits and services added to insurance plans, member access to the best possible healthcare and what we can expect from UHCG in the future.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Mike Webb, CEO, Healix International

In this exclusive iPMI Magazine interview, Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine, sits down with Mike Webb, CEO, Healix International. They discuss in detail Healix International core services, client profiles, and the international medical assistance trends shaping the future of the business.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Jody Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor Assistance

In this exclusive iPMI Magazine interview Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine, met with Jody Baker, CEO, Charles Taylor Assistance. They discussed his recent appointment as CEO; the acquisition of CEGA by Charles Taylor; the current COVID-19 pandemic, and how travel, global mobility and business will look in the future. 

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Mary-Jo McDonald, Managing Director, Europe, Global Excel Management

iPMI Magazine's CEO, Christopher Knight, speaks with Mary-Jo McDonald, Managing Director for Europe at Global Excel Management. They discuss in detail how COVID-19 has affected the industry, life after lockdown and the impact on the travel industry for leisure, business and student travel markets.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks with Gitte Bach, CEO and President, New Frontier Group

Gitte Bach is the  President and CEO of New Frontier Group. Gitte started her career in 1990 with International Health Insurance, Denmark. Gitte led the company’s entry into Latin America, and helped introduce the New Frontier 24/7/365 Alarm Centre and was then asked to help build a new department with a cost containment focus to handle the company’s large medical insurance claims.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Dr. Ian Russinoff, Medical Director, Generali Global Assistance Travel Assistance & GMMI, Inc.

In this exclusive interview Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine, met with Dr. Ian Russinoff, Medical Director at Generali Global Assistance Travel Assistance and GMMI, Inc. to get his perspective and experience of the virus both as an ER doctor and a patient.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Jody Baker, Commercial Director, Charles Taylor Assistance

In this exclusive iPMI Magazine interview, Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine, sits down with Jody Baker, Commercial Director, Charles Taylor Assistance. They discuss in detail Charles Taylor Assistance, their services, the types of clients they work with, the current international medical assistance and cost containment market and the affect of COVID-19 on the industry.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Olivier LE FAOUDER, CEO And Brian S. Piper, Co-Founder - Strategic Business Development, Think Insurtech

In this exclusive interview, iPMI Magazine's CEO, Christopher Knight, speaks with Olivier LE FAOUDER, CEO, and Brian S. Piper, Strategic Business Development at Think Insurtech.

They discuss in detail the brand-new Think Insurtech SaaS platform- digitalization of insurance distribution designed for international and private medical insurers and brokers, and what it means for regulatory and compliance challenges, whilst boosting sales and improving customer engagement.

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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Simon Miller, Senior Director of Proposition at Aetna International

iPMI Magazine's CEO, Christopher Knight, speaks with Simon Miller, Senior Director of Customer Proposition at Aetna International.

They deep dive into how COVID-19 has impacted the mental health agenda, what employers can do to ensure a thriving workplace, and how apps and coaching via text can build positive coping mechanisms.

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New Pacific Prime Office Opens To Expand Brand Presence In Mexico

Pacific Prime, has announced that its brand new office in Mexico is now open and fully operational.

Based in Mexico City, the office will serve as the company’s new push to expand insurance brokerage services in Mexico - for local Mexicans, expats and their family members, and multinational businesses looking to cover employees on overseas assignments.

“The new office will enhance Pacific Prime’s local servicing of new and existing clients and expand the firm’s reach in the Latin America region,” said Marco Vuarambon, Chief Executive Officer Mexico. “It’s incredibly exciting to announce that our office is fully licensed and operational after we successfully registered as an insurance broker, before the National Insurance and Bonding Commission. We are also proud to have a strong team of advisors who are professionally trained to help locals, expats, families, and businesses secure health insurance.”

The new Pacific Prime Mexico office will be offering a number of locally and internationally compliant insurance solutions, including:

  • Individual health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Auto insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Personal content and property insurance
  • Investment and retirement products

Pacific Prime is partnered with the world’s top insurance companies that underwrite the aforementioned plans and provide the necessary cover.

In addition to its new office in Mexico City, Pacific Prime Latin America has also launched its brand new website. From it, clients can easily navigate the pages and discover a number of features, such as the online quotation tool, plan pages, insurance partners, blog page, resources page, and many more.

To learn more about the policies and services offered by Pacific Prime Latin America, visit our website at www.pacificprime.lat or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Russell Group And Munich Re Urge New Standards For Casualty Exposure Management

Insurance industry leaders are poised to instigate a far-reaching initiative to overhaul risk accumulation and exposure reporting in the fast-expanding casualty sector. 

Munich Re and Russell Group, a U.K.- based pioneering data analytics firm, are urging the creation of a new framework among insurers and reinsurers in the specialty casualty class. 
 
The ambition of the casualty initiative is to agree an industry standard for identifying and naming casualty risks, while streamlining and automating the reporting process.
 
Casualty encompasses a variety of product lines, often written by various underwriting units in different parts of the world, then reinsured and passed onto global retrocession markets.  Retrocession is a common industry practice where one reinsurer insures another by accepting business the latter, the cedant, had agreed to underwrite.
 
Russell Group Managing Director, Suki Basi, explains the drive is critical in the context of the current surge in demand to write casualty cover. He says, ‘We now have similarities in the issues facing direct and reinsurance companies, with the realisation that the solution for both is the same albeit for the reinsurer it is a lot more complex.’
 
The move comes amid disquiet in the industry about inadequate exposure reporting between cedants and reinsurers. Since multiple, manual accumulation and reporting mechanisms lead to confusion and heightened risk, the casualty class is a serious cause for concern and has the potential to really test a (re)insurer’s balance sheet.
 
An emerging demand among industry players is for the casualty market to display more transparency over insureds in order to properly enforce good accumulation controls.  There is also a growing conviction that an insured ‘naming convention’ is required which (re)insurers could use with confidence, knowing that they are taking on approximately the same insured risk. The belief is that reinsurers would benefit from a standard format to exchange policy exposure data between themselves and cedants. 
 
As Basi explains, ‘The market doesn’t consistently give exposures from cedants to reinsurers in a format that is easily digestible so that you can track smoothly the relationship between the exposure that is given by the reinsured versus the one that you are tracking from your other writings.’  
 
In a competitive market like casualty, adds Basi, the key to out-performing competitors is being selective, tracking aggregates better and using fragmented information in a more controlled, consistent way. 
 
Adriano Bastiani, Head of Casualty Facultative at Munich Re, claims the industry is experiencing a ‘flight to casualty’, which make the call for new risk naming and reporting standards globally more urgent. He says: ‘Liability has no frontier. It is volatile, it can be everywhere. You need to make sure that for the insured who is liable, you know how much of this liability you have picked up on your insurance policy and with the reinsurance policy you have written.’
 
He adds it is imperative for (re)insurers to be more selective and steer their capacity to focus on superior underwriting practices, and consolidate often hetergenous information received by cedants across the world in order to identify the right risks to underwrite. ‘It’s a tough job to aggregate all the information and bring it into the same format’, says Bastiani.
 
He likens the process to the gyrations in the capital markets. ‘You have to outperform the market. There is nothing different here to what happens in the stock market, where as a minimum you need to be better than the average, so superior underwriting quality is required. In order to do that you need to know what you have in your books, how to manage your aggregates and where you have free capacity.’    
 
Once information across different underwriting units and product lines - on a facultative and reinsurance treaty basis - is harmonised, the ultimate goal of the initiative is for underlying risk data to be integrated to analyse systemic risk. 
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Vitality Increases Executive Staff to Capitalize On Market Growth

 The Vitality Group, part of the world's longest-standing and largest incentive-based workplace health promotion and prevention program, has expanded its executive team following the successful launch of its partnership with John Hancock Insurance and exceeding the three-fourth million member milestone in the United States (US).

"These additions and new appointments of our executive staff strengthen our ability and capacity for growth," said Alan Pollard, CEO, The Vitality Group (TVG). "We are well-positioned to continue developing the most actuarially-sound and effective wellness program to help our clients have healthy and productive employees."

Executive Promotions

  • Derek Yach, Chief Health Officer
    Previously Executive Director of the Vitality Institute and Senior Vice President of TVG, Derek will serve as the Chief Health Officer for Vitality. He will continue to oversee a team invested in building out the science and evidence underpinning health promotion and workplace well-being and applying it in practical ways to improve overall health. Derek will represent Vitality externally from a health perspective and lead interactions with business, global media and NGOs globally.
  • Steve van der Watt, CEO of new Vitality entity
    Previously Chief Sales Officer, Steve will be the CEO of a new entity within TVG that will be announced later this year which represents an exciting and substantial growth opportunity for the organization. Steve has led the remarkable revenue growth for Vitality's corporate channels over the past few years.
  • Stephen Mitchley, Chief Strategy Officer
    Promoted from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Strategy Officer, Stephen is spearheading the development of common Vitality capabilities across the various partner markets in which Discovery operates.
  • Sean Katz, Chief Information Officer
    Previously Senior Vice President, Systems and Technology, Sean is responsible for systems and technology delivery for TVG.
  • Brad Beckman, Chief Operating Officer
    Promoted from Senior Vice President, Servicing and Human Resources, Brad will lead the execution of strategy and operations for TVG.

New Staff Appointments & Promotions

  • Karen Kaplan, Vice President of Product Development
    Karen has been a core member of the Vitality team in the US for 12 years. She has driven successful launches of many strategic partnerships and projects. As Vice President of Product Development, her focus will be on further developing Vitality's product roadmap to support both our partnerships and corporate clients.
  • Keith Karem, Vice President of Marketing
    Having previously led business and partnership marketing for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Keith brings a wealth of experience in business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing, new product development and brand management. Keith is charged with developing a new brand strategy for the company.
  • Kenneth Sloan, Vice President of Sales
    With more than 20 years' experience in sales and management leadership in health plan consulting and wellness, Ken held sales positions most recently with 5Star Life Insurance Company (an Armed Forces Benefit Association enterprise) and United Healthcare. Ken will play a key role in furthering Vitality's relationships with brokers and consultants.
  • Mark Smith, Chief Sales Officer
    Mark joins Vitality from HealthMarkets (a Blackstone Portfolio Company) where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Agency Officer, leading one of the largest distribution businesses in the individual health insurance space. Prior to that he held various senior regional and national positions at United Healthcare and was previously part of the Discovery family, having worked for Destiny Health. Mark is charged with leading the recently enlarged sales team.

Evolving Role of the Vitality Institute
The Vitality Institute was launched two years ago by Discovery Ltd, the South African insurance company, as part of its commitment to health promotion and well-being programs that advance social good. The Institute's dual purpose was strengthening the science underpinning prevention and health promotion, and elevating the discourse to reflect a more evidence-based approach to chronic disease prevention. The Institute has become accepted by lead media, government, corporations and academics as a "go-to" place for leadership and insights on adult health promotion, prevention and workplace health.

"The Institute has made enormous progress during its tenure and after careful consideration, we've determined that the time is ripe for the Institute to evolve to a new phase for optimal global impact," said Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery. "Current initiatives run by the Vitality Institute will be completed towards the end of 2015, at which point key projects will be internalized within Vitality to take implementation to the next level both in the US and across our other markets."

Derek Yach, Chief Health Officer, Vitality, noted "As a first flagship initiative the Institute convened a Commission on Health Promotion and the Prevention of Chronic Disease in Working-Age Americans which brought together leading experts from multiple sectors, ranging from public health to finance and technology. Specific recommendations, published in a report launched in June 2014, are being implemented which we believe will have a profound effect on the way prevention is viewed and managed both in the US and beyond."

Examples of actions coming from the Commission are:

  • The call for prevention science has led to the deans of schools of public health and the National Institutes of Health starting new advocacy and analytic work to redress underspending in this field,
  • the importance of getting evidence-based health metrics included in integrated reporting frameworks has led to an initiative that involves large corporations, workplace health experts, standard-setting bodies linked to the Dow Jones and other stock exchanges; and
  • the need to address data/privacy concerns around the use of personalized health technology (including wearable devices) has led to draft responsibility guidelines for the design and implementation of such technologies.

About Vitality
The Vitality Group is a member of Discovery Ltd., a global financial services organization offering an incentive-based wellness program to employers as part of their benefits program. With a foundation based on actuarial science and behavioral economic theory, Vitality encourages changes in lifestyle that reduce health care costs, both in the short run and long term, by rewarding members for addressing their specific health issues. Vitality wellness programs serve companies in a wide range of sizes and industries, improving individuals' health and wellbeing as well as employers' bottom lines.

Vitality brings a global perspective through successful partnerships with large employers and best-in- class insurers around the world, in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, China, Singapore and Australia. Additional information can be found at thevitalitygroup.com.

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Bumrungrad Eyes China Healthcare Market

The second largest hospital operator in Thailand, Bumrungrad Hospital Pcl, is currently seeking international opportunities, with a view to expand in China, Myanmar and Vietnam. The news breaks following the domestic political crisis in Thailand, which has prompted the operator to cut its revenue target this year.

CEO Dennis Brown told major media that following months of political unrest the hospital operator cut the 2014 revenue growth target to between 7 and 10% from 10 to 15%.

The issues surrounding the political stability of Thailand were further represented by the hospitals international patient figures. In the 1st half of 2014 foreign patients, who account for approx. 60% of revenue, fell 12% for outpatients and 8% for inpatients.

"We anticipate between 7 to 10 % growth this year. Normally, we expect 10 to 15 %," Brown confirmed.

Fast facts:

  • Bumrungrad began international expansion in 1997, following Asia's financial crisis;
  • In March 2014 Bumrungrad acquired a 41% stake in a Mongolian hospital;
  • Has cash of about 6 Billion Baht;
  • Has set a budget of about 600 Million Baht a year to spend on equipment replacement and new machines.

China Healthcare Market Opens Up

With recent news from Beijing confirming that international investors may now wholly own a 100% of hospitals and elderly care homes in China, without a joint venture, Brown is excited at the opportunity to invest in China.

Over the years, Beijing has slowly opened the doors to overseas investment, allowing foreign investors to own 70% in past hospital joint ventures.

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HCC Life Insurance Company Launches New Employer Benefits Decision Tool

HCC Life Insurance Company (HCC Life), today announced the launch of a new employer benefits decision tool as part of the Company's continuing efforts to assist employers in making informed decisions regarding their self-funded group plans.

The new employer benefits decision tool, which will be available to select producers and private exchanges, is designed to benchmark an employer's stop-loss profile against other companies in the same group size, industry and state. The benchmarking will compare stop-loss policy terms and provisions, risk profiles and underlying benefit plan designs.

"With the ever changing environment surrounding health care, we believe it is critical to provide detailed analytics as a resource to our producers as they prepare their clients' benefit plans," said Craig J. Kelbel, President and Chief Executive Officer of HCC Life Insurance Company.

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Aeromedevac Now Providing Air Ambulance Support to Many Special Events

Aeromedevac Air Ambulance service is now providing emergency air ambulance service for international special events. For those participating in various special events taking place in remote regions of the US and Mexico, especially events that may have a bit of inherent risk involved, they can breathe easier knowing their safety in case of emergency is right there with them.

The California-based air ambulance service company Aeromedevac, which provides medical flights and other air transport related medical services for patients, has been hired by organizers of multiple high-profile events to further ensure the safety of participants and spectators alike in case of medical emergencies. Aeromedevac has been operating since 1992 and has since established itself as a leader in international air ambulance service with its proven track record and commitment to service and safety for its patients and their families.

For the past two decades they have been providing fixed wing air ambulance transport service as well as international stretcher service, ground transport and coordination of logistical needs for adult and pediatric patients whose injury or illness can not be properly treated locally. Their high level of professionalism and dedication to patients and families caught the eye of organizers of events in need of emergency medical support on standby. SCORE International, the off-road racing organizer, chose Aeromedevac as its official air ambulance provider, and the highly trained medical flight crews and pilots have been providing medical support for every major SCORE event for the past fifteen years, including the popular Baja 1000 race.

Additionally, Aeromedevac's air ambulance teams have recently supplied expert medical support for cycling events like the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride and for many films produced at Fox Baja Studios, including the mega-blockbuster hit Titanic. GMC and Volvo have also hired Aeromedevac to provide medical support and air ambulance service for several major media events. But aside from these high profile clients, Aeromedevac still provides the medical flight services to individual patients and their families that helped them become the most trusted name in the industry.

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What’s Shaping The Assistance Needs Of The Globally Mobile?

What’s Shaping The Assistance Needs Of The Globally Mobile?

Global movement is booming. According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), international tourist arrivals reached 1.4 billion at the end of 2018: two years ahead of forecasts. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) predicts a rise of more than 6% in corporate travel spend this year. And UNWTO anticipates that, by 2030, five million people will be crossing international borders...

09-04-2019 Articles Case Studies

Why Do Expats Fear Coming Home?

Why Do Expats Fear Coming Home?

Living the expat dream is a lifestyle choice that many people would seize if they had the opportunity. The chance to experience different cultures, climates and lifestyles is a prospect too exciting to ignore, and with international travel and trade opening up employment opportunities across the globe, the global expat population is estimated to rise from 66.2m last year to 87.5m in...

14-03-2019 Articles Case Studies

Top 5 Cost Containment Risks For Insurers In Nepal

Top 5 Cost Containment Risks For Insurers In Nepal

By Jonathan Bancroft, Managing Director of Traveller Assist. For insurance underwriters, travel insurance brands and assistance providers with risk exposure in Nepal, a recent announcement by Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, of his intentions to bring those responsible for a multimillion dollar insurance fraud scam to justice, is welcome news. After a 12-month insurance fraud investigation by Traveller Assist into helicopter charter companies...

12-02-2019 Articles Case Studies

Healix Health Services Mental Health And Wellbeing White Paper Helps Brokers Guide Employers’ Mental Health Strategies

Healix Health Services Mental Health And Wellbeing White Paper Helps Brokers Guide Employers’ Mental Health Strategies

2018 was unquestionably a turning point in awareness about mental ill health with a wide range of high profile individuals urging employers, as well as the wider community, to put the issue front and centre.  Employers recognise the importance of understanding mental health issues – and providing workers with the support they need to manage their mental health and wellbeing in...

11-02-2019 Articles Case Studies

Future Of Business Travel Risk White Paper + Survey

Future Of Business Travel Risk White Paper + Survey

Drum Cussac has released its first thought-leadership white paper of 2019 titled ‘The Future of Risk’. The risk consultancy reached out to both clients and security professionals across a wide range of industries in order to identify the key areas of concern for security, risk and travel professionals. The white paper offers crucial business insights into: The future of fully-integrated organisational security The growing...

31-01-2019 Articles Case Studies

White Paper Examines Travel Risk Management For Colleges And Universities Taking Students Overseas

White Paper Examines Travel Risk Management For Colleges And Universities Taking Students Overseas

Studying abroad is exciting for students, but brings a wide range of risks that need to be managed and mitigated by education establishments.  Identifying and tackling these issues is a white paper published by global travel risk management and international medical and security assistance experts, Healix International. ‘Travel Risk Management for Higher Education Establishments’ discusses the evolution of risk, as well...

23-01-2019 Articles Case Studies

Aetna International Paper Examines The Role Of Behavioural And Genetic Data In Detecting And Preventing Disease

Aetna International Paper Examines The Role Of Behavioural And Genetic Data In Detecting And Preventing Disease

Leading global health and wellness benefits provider Aetna International has released a paper Bespoke health promotion: How personalisation is transforming health, which examines the importance of bringing together health and lifestyle data with advances in genetic profiling and technology to help tackle the rising global disease burden. The organisation believes the future of health care lies in the worldwide adoption of a...

06-12-2018 Articles Case Studies

In Pursuit Of Your Travel Dreams: The Way Forward Is Not Always Smooth

In Pursuit Of Your Travel Dreams: The Way Forward Is Not Always Smooth

Based on a true story, “In pursuit of your travel dreams… the way forward is not always smooth” introduces Jeff and Martha Smith, snowbirds in Los Angeles, California, and their experience when Jeff thought he had a cold. Jeff had an opportunity to use telemedicine, visited an urgent care centre and the case study concludes with a visit from a...

12-11-2018 Articles Case Studies

‘Health Tax’ Adding Millions To NHS Financial Burden

‘Health Tax’ Adding Millions To NHS Financial Burden

A tax on health insurance that pushed many thousands of private patients back onto the NHS is costing taxpayers more than £1bn a decade in additional NHS resources – and it could soon get much worse. Findings from independent economic experts Cebr and Bupa has not only verified the link between rising Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rates and increased burden on...

24-10-2018 Articles Case Studies

Whitepaper PDF Download - Digital Health Platform: Enabling The Digital Transformation

Whitepaper PDF Download - Digital Health Platform: Enabling The Digital Transformation

Customer expectations are higher than ever, often driven by experiences outside of Health. Policyholders no longer just call on you to settle their bills. They want you to help them lead better, healthier lives. Your agents, partners, providers and corporate clients also expect you to improve how you engage with them. Learn how a Digital Health Platform helps you connect systems and...

24-10-2018 Articles Case Studies

The Future’s Healthy For French Expatriates

The Future’s Healthy For French Expatriates

Aetna International recently announced an exciting partnership with French health insurer, that will benefit organisations in France sending their French employees on overseas assignments. Laurent de Veyrac, Senior Director, Strategic Business Development at Aetna International played a key role in setting up the partnership. In this article he explains the cover French nationals are entitled to when abroad and where the...

27-09-2018 Articles Case Studies

Mafuwe Evacuation – Elephant Roadblock

Mafuwe Evacuation – Elephant Roadblock

Awesome Air Evac (AAE) was recently requested to evacuate a patient with a suspected broken pelvis from a bush camp in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. There were no medical facilities or resources available in the area to assist the patient, so AAE dispatched an emergency medical doctor and intensive care nursing sister to stabilize and evacuate the patient to...

03-09-2018 Articles Case Studies

It’s In The Genes For International Medical Insurance Providers

It’s In The Genes For International Medical Insurance Providers

Marco Giacomelli, CEO of Generali Global Health (GGH), believes the IPMI market should be embracing genetic tests to better manage the health of members. With genome testing for cancer patients included as an optional service within GGH’s range of Global Choice products, he explains how this procedure will transform the way members can be treated in the future. We introduced genome testing...

18-07-2018 Articles Case Studies

Multinationals Prepare For The Future Of Work With Focus On Mobile Talent

Multinationals Prepare For The Future Of Work With Focus On Mobile Talent

As a result of the digital era, aging populations, skills shortages, and unpredictable political and economic contexts, the landscape of global business is changing as are jobs that are critical for the future of work. Multinationals are embracing this transformation by focusing on mobile talent and assessing the cost of expatriate packages for their international assignees. According to Mercer’s 24th annual Cost...

02-07-2018 Articles Case Studies

Assistance Company Tackling Unnecessary Helicopter Rescues In Nepal

Assistance Company Tackling Unnecessary Helicopter Rescues In Nepal

As it does every spring, a temporary city of tents was erected at the foot of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest. Climbers and tourists from around the world - some paying upwards of $50,000 - made this once in a lifetime trip to Basecamp. A pilgrimage. For some, it’s a staging area to the highest point on the planet...

27-06-2018 Articles Case Studies

Keeping Employers and Clients Informed: The US Tax Reform

Keeping Employers and Clients Informed: The US Tax Reform

Let’s clear up some misconceptions regarding changes to US tax laws, or more specifically, things that stay the same. In the era of misinformation, detail is key to being prepared. And companies must be ready to steer their clients and members in the right direction. The Affordable Care Act aims to incentivize every person in the United States to acquire a...

28-03-2018 Articles Case Studies

The Economy of Exclusivity Within the Pharmaceuticals Industry

The Economy of Exclusivity Within the Pharmaceuticals Industry

Written By Armando A. Diaz, Writer, WellAway Limited. Inflation in the pharmaceutical field is rampant and shows few signs of slowing. Hide your wife, hide your kids and show your wallet, the rate of increase is growing for both hospital and non-acute settings and is expected to rise by close to 8% in 2018. Specialty medication such as “biosimilars” and “orphan drugs”...

27-03-2018 Articles Case Studies

Special Transports With ECMO Worldwide By Air Ambulance and MICU Ground Ambulances

Special Transports With ECMO Worldwide By Air Ambulance and MICU Ground Ambulances

The life expectancy of mankind is rising on a global scale like never before in history. The reasons are multifactorial but the most important factors accounted for this fact are better hygiene, the availability of better nutrition and for the developed countries, the benedictions of modern medicine. With an aging population we face new challenges in regards to support the...

01-03-2018 Articles Case Studies

The United States Welcomes Bermuda With The US Insurance Seal Of Approval

The United States Welcomes Bermuda With The US Insurance Seal Of Approval

A short two-hour flight east of the United States lies the beautiful island of Bermuda. This small, yet powerful territory has qualified jurisdiction status from the NAIC, (National Association of Insurance Commissioners). This status breeds many benefits, among them, the reduction of collateral requirements for its reinsurers who do business in the US, a victory for entrepreneurs and beneficiaries alike. Where did it all...

06-02-2018 Articles Case Studies

Fears Of A Tsunami In Alaska Prompt The Issue Of A Level 4 Alert

Fears Of A Tsunami In Alaska Prompt The Issue Of A Level 4 Alert

Fears of a tsunami in Alaska on 23rd January prompted the Healix GSOC to issue a Level 4 alert to client’s employees in affected areas. Craig Webb, Security and Political Risk Analyst at Healix International talks about what happens behind the scenes when such a risk is identified, illustrating the value of Healix Active Monitoring. At 00h31 (local time) on 23rd...

26-01-2018 Articles Case Studies

Omani Expatriates Run For Coverage

Omani Expatriates Run For Coverage

Don’t bother trying to get off the plane in Oman if you do not have expatriate health insurance. Following the government’s recent announcement, you need to have coverage in place before arriving. Only 12.3% of the workers in the private sector of Oman’s workforce are natives to the country. This means that a whopping 87.7% of the workforce are expatriates, foreigners...

05-01-2018 Articles Case Studies

Global Expansion Of 2nd.MD Innovative Expert Opinion

Global Expansion Of 2nd.MD Innovative Expert Opinion

Second opinions can save lives, and that’s exactly what 2nd.MD is doing by facilitating interactive video consults in the second opinion marketplace. Now reaching 46 countries and covering more than 12 million lives, 2nd.MD performs more expert medical consultations than any other service in the market. Facts and Figures The facts of misdiagnoses and medical error are startling. In the United States...

20-09-2017 Articles Case Studies

Discover The Best Practices In Travel Risk Management

Discover The Best Practices In Travel Risk Management

Today’s interconnected world and global economy means that increasing numbers of employees are required to travel extensively overseas, often for long periods of time, to multiple destinations and frequently to very unfamiliar environments. In this white paper Healix International helps us navigate the maze that is travel risk management and explains the fundamental elements of a professional Travel Risk Management Program. An employer’s ‘Duty of...

21-07-2017 Articles Case Studies

Expats, Health Insurance, Impats And Immigrants

Expats, Health Insurance, Impats And Immigrants

We All Know What Health Insurance And Expatriate Mean, Or Do We? Leading iPMI analyst and report author Ian Youngman offers his personal view on the meanings, with a reader warning that what is correct in one country or continent may be wrong in another. Those using Google Translate: you may end up with something else entirely! HEALTH INSURANCE The media, and...

17-05-2017 Articles Case Studies

How Well Are You Preparing Your Staff For Overseas Assignments?

How Well Are You Preparing Your Staff For Overseas Assignments?

The past couple of years have been a stark reminder that as companies and business operations continue to expand overseas, the risks to their travelling employees are greater than ever before. The “Breaking News” of another terrorist attack is often impossible to predict in a corporate setting. However, there are arguably more important aspects to employee safety that are often...

10-05-2017 Articles Case Studies

Protecting Your Staff Who Work Or Live Abroad With Nugent Santé

Protecting Your Staff Who Work Or Live Abroad With Nugent Santé

As a specialist intermediary, Nugent Santé predominantly advise and arrange private medical insurance for corporate, SME and personal clients, whether based globally or in the UK. We are based in Preston, Lancashire, and are an appointed representative of one of the largest private medical insurance intermediary agencies in the market, Chase Templeton. Nugent Santé Chairman, Paul Nugent, has been a key figure of Chase Templeton...

27-04-2017 Articles Case Studies

Is International Medical Insurance The Right Choice?

Is International Medical Insurance The Right Choice?

The chances are that you are moving around the world from one assignment to another, so getting an international medical insurance plan that can travel with you will save you from having to switch insurers with each new country that you visit. This will give you the luxury of building up a relationship with one insurer who knows you and your medical...

25-04-2017 Articles Case Studies

What Are The Benefits For Global Brokers, Agents And Intermediaries If They Add International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) To Their Insurance Product Portfolio?

What Are The Benefits For Global Brokers, Agents And Intermediaries If They Add International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) To Their Insurance Product Portfolio?

For worldwide insurance brokers, agents and intermediaries that may be interested in IPMI market entry we asked an executive round table of leading insurance underwriters and providers of IPMI about the benefits brokers may expect if they add IPMI to their insurance product portfolio. Aetna International, Generali Global Health, HealthCare International and Wellaway all had something to say: Damian Lenihan, Aetna International:...

12-04-2017 Articles Case Studies

From A Brokers Perspective The International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) Market Is An Opportunity Ready To Be Taken

From A Brokers Perspective The International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) Market Is An Opportunity Ready To Be Taken

That is, according to Andrew Apps, Head of Global Healthcare at Bellwood Prestbury, when we asked why do global brokers, agents, intermediaries and independent financial advisers choose not to sell international private medical insurance?, at a recent IPMI broker round table. The Round Table Business Forum spoke to leading IPMI C-suite executives at the heart of global PMI about IPMI distribution trends and...

11-04-2017 Articles Case Studies

The Evolving Face Of Health Insurance In The UAE

The Evolving Face Of Health Insurance In The UAE

Written by Simon Isgar Partner Kennedys LLP. Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,500 people worldwide across 27 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas, they have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. Individuals and organisations resident in the United...

21-03-2017 Articles Case Studies

Do IPMI Insurers Purchase Medical Assistance, Air Ambulance And Logistics Services Based On Cost Or Quality?

Do IPMI Insurers Purchase Medical Assistance, Air Ambulance And Logistics Services Based On Cost Or Quality?

It was Genichi Taguchi an engineer and statistician who said cost is more important than quality but quality is the best way to reduce cost. Everyone likes a good price but when your life is in someone else's hands, how much is too much? iPMI Magazine asked the international air ambulance industry this exact question in the recent round table business forum...

28-02-2017 Articles Case Studies

Terms Of Payment, Real Time Info And Communications Tops IPMI Provider Needs

Terms Of Payment, Real Time Info And Communications Tops IPMI Provider Needs

In the recent iPMI Magazine round table business forum International Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Strategies we spoke with the insurance, assistance and air ambulance industry and discussed which policies and procedures may be improved between IPMI payors and providers. This isn't the first time iPMI Magazine has asked this question, and once again, terms of payment make an appearance. The general consensus is...

28-02-2017 Articles Case Studies

Can IPMI Insurers And Medical Evacuation And Repatriation Service Providers Work More Efficiently Together?

Can IPMI Insurers And Medical Evacuation And Repatriation Service Providers Work More Efficiently Together?

We all like efficiency - getting things done quickly and easily. In the international private medical insurance business efficiency can make all the difference in the golden hour, when an expatriate has an accident on assignment, or a tourist falls ill on holiday. But how efficient is the process from incident to claim to actual healthcare service access? iPMI Magazine recently...

28-02-2017 Articles Case Studies

Why Is Emergency Medical Evacuation And Repatriation Insurance Coverage Essential For Offshore Workers, Expatriates, Business Travellers And Tourists?

Why Is Emergency Medical Evacuation And Repatriation Insurance Coverage Essential For Offshore Workers, Expatriates, Business Travellers And Tourists?

In a recent exclusive iPMI Magazine round table business forum looking at air ambulance medical evacuation and repatriation services, we asked those at the heart of the global IPMI business why is emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage essential for offshore workers, expatriates, business travellers and tourists? As always, the answers were extremely interesting: Andrew Apps, BELLWOOD PRESTBURY: Emergency medical evacuation insurance...

28-02-2017 Articles Case Studies

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Typical International Private Medical Insurance Plan?

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Typical International Private Medical Insurance Plan?

In 2014 iPMI Magazine asked leading C-Suite Executives from the international private medical insurance (IPMI) industry what are the advantages and disadvantages of a typical international private medical insurance plan? The dialog and debate took place at the International VS Local private medical insurance round table, and in typical iPMI Magazine fashion, the commentary was extremely interesting. GREGOR SCHULTE, GLOBALITY HEALTH: The...

28-02-2017 Articles Case Studies

Video: 2016 Air Passenger and Freight Market Analysis

Video: 2016 Air Passenger and Freight Market Analysis

Full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 shows demand rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) compared to 2015, pushing the load factor up 0.1 percentage points to a record full-year average high of 80.5%. A...

08-02-2017 Articles Case Studies

What Does BREXIT Mean For The International Private Medical Insurance, Assistance And Air Ambulance Industry?

What Does BREXIT Mean For The International Private Medical Insurance, Assistance And Air Ambulance Industry?

With so many opinions and "reports" on BREXIT, iPMI Magazine speaks with leaders from the fields of insurance, assistance and air ambulance and asks, What Does BREXIT Mean For The International Private Medical Insurance, Assistance And Air Ambulance Industry? Ian Youngman, IPMI Analyst: The problem with Brexit is that no politician in the UK, USA or Europe actually knows what is...

27-01-2017 Articles Case Studies

Crisis In Kuwait

Crisis In Kuwait

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 and iPMI Magazine reports that the Health Minister of Kuwait announced that the fatwa and legislative department had given the green light to setting up a separate healthcare system for expatriates under a new medical insurance scheme. The contract is meant to help ease the burden on the current health system and is in line with the...

25-01-2017 Articles Case Studies

Healthcare Service Charges Increase By 500% For Expatriates In Kuwait

Healthcare Service Charges Increase By 500% For Expatriates In Kuwait

More unrest in the expatriate community in Kuwait where health minister Dr Jamal Al-Harby has prepared a new price list for healthcare service charges for expatriates and visitors - by mid Feb charges are set to increase by almost 500%! Kuwait officials allege that some expatriates and visitors only visit Kuwait to receive medical treatments, from routine check-ups to more complex surgeries...

25-01-2017 Articles Case Studies

What Are The Main Complexities Of Conducting International Evacuation And Repatriation Missions?

What Are The Main Complexities Of Conducting International Evacuation And Repatriation Missions?

According to global medical assistance and claims providers CEGA, there has been a 30% year-on-year rise in demand for privately-funded medical repatriations. Heart problems, long term illnesses and complex fractures are among the most common medical ailments at the source of private repatriations, according to CEGA, with demand spanning areas as diverse as southern Asia, the Caribbean and mainland Europe. "The demand...

06-01-2017 Articles Case Studies

Businesses Insure Vehicles And Office Contents But Often Fail To Protect Employees On International Assignments

Businesses Insure Vehicles And Office Contents But Often Fail To Protect Employees On International Assignments

In 2017 duty of care is a legal and moral obligation, but how can the international private medical insurance industry assist global employers fulfill their duty of care obligations? The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law and for the very first time, companies can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as the direct result of serious management failures resulting in...

06-01-2017 Articles Case Studies

Learn More About Emergency Medical Evacuation And Repatriation Insurance Plan Coverage

Learn More About Emergency Medical Evacuation And Repatriation Insurance Plan Coverage

In an ever riskier world, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage is essential, for offshore workers, expatriates, business travellers and tourists, but why? In a recent exclusive iPMI Magazine round table business forum, we asked those at the heart of global healthcare what they thought. As always, the answers were extremely interesting: Fiona Greenwood, ROWLAND BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL: National and international travel for...

06-01-2017 Articles Case Studies

Medelinked And Integra Global Put The Consumer At The Centre Of Healthcare Delivery

Medelinked And Integra Global Put The Consumer At The Centre Of Healthcare Delivery

In a way prescient of how health services will need to be delivered in future, international health plan provider Integra Global has worked with Medelinked to provide a secure online platform that empowers its customers to take control of and manage their healthcare and health state; and to view, update and provide trusted medical professionals with tailored access to their...

28-10-2016 Articles Case Studies

Peer To Peer Insurer Lemonade Launches In New York

Peer To Peer Insurer Lemonade Launches In New York

Lemonade, the US's first peer-to -peer insurance company, has been licensed as a full insurance carrier by New York State. NY homeowners and condo owners and renters can now get insured and settle claims instantly, anytime and from any device. "Technology drives everything at Lemonade" said Shai Wininger, President and co-founder. "From signing up to submitting a claim, the entire experience...

23-09-2016 Articles Case Studies

Kuwait To Launch New Expatriate Healthcare System

Kuwait To Launch New Expatriate Healthcare System

The Health Minister of Kuwait Ali Al-Obaidi announced Monday that the fatwa and legislative department has given the green light to setting up a separate healthcare system for expatriates under a new medical insurance scheme. A draft contract has been approved by the fatwa department, which the ministry plans to sign with the Health Insurance Hospitals Company, in order to...

06-09-2016 Articles Case Studies

Understanding PMI And IPMI Market Size Per Country

Understanding PMI And IPMI Market Size Per Country

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked at iPMI Magazine is what is the size of market for PMI and iPMI by country, and globally? Before we answer that, answer the following 2 questions: If a Frenchman living in London buys an IPMI policy from a French broker who uses an Irish insurer that is part of a German group...

21-04-2016 Articles Case Studies

Hacks Tax and Expatriates

Hacks Tax and Expatriates

Panama law firm announces major data hack. Resignation of Icelandic PM. Swiss police raid Uefa offices. 20 global leaders alleged to have used tax havens. British PM gives 5 different answers to questions on finance after allegations that his father paid no tax for 30 years then eventually admits he profited from father’s offshore fund. China shuts down the Internet...

08-04-2016 Articles Case Studies

Where There's A Will, There's A Way

Where There's A Will, There's A Way

Aviva‘s latest Family Finances Report highlights very clearly the lack of planning people generally have in place should they die. It also reveals that although families know they should plan ahead for the inevitable, they find it difficult to have those important conversations.  The report suggests that 62% of people feel that death is a taboo subject. These figures are borne out...

11-03-2016 Articles Case Studies

Insurance Companies And Products As We Know Them Today Will Have To Evolve

Insurance Companies And Products As We Know Them Today Will Have To Evolve

That's according to Griselle Chernys, CEO, at Wellaway, who took an executive seat on a recent iPMI Magazine round table business forum. Although global risks have changed dramatically, medical inflation and the cost of employee benefits continues to cause concern. In the most recent iPMI Magazine Round Table Business Forum we spoke with leading C-Level executives from the world of International Private Medical...

20-12-2015 Articles Case Studies

Self-Insured Funding – Is This The Right Option For Your Company?

Self-Insured Funding – Is This The Right Option For Your Company?

With rising premiums and reduced benefits to employees, many employers are deciding to self-fund their healthcare benefits, in order to avoid costly healthcare reform mandates, taxes, and inflated insurance carrier profit margins.  Nearly 60% of employers in the USA, of all sizes, self-fund their healthcare plans, states the Employee Benefit Research Institute.  The question remains, “Is self-funded the right option...

04-09-2015 Articles Case Studies

The IRS Moves Towards Implementing The Cadillac Tax

The IRS Moves Towards Implementing The Cadillac Tax

Regardless of the opposition of congressmen, brokers, and employers, on July 30th, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued another notice on the Cadillac Tax, which will go into effect in early 2018.  Notice 2015-52 Section 49801 – Excise Tax on High Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage addresses additional topics and issues related to the Cadillac Tax, which will seriously impact...

04-09-2015 Articles Case Studies

What Is Important When Designing Maritime And Marine Medical Health Insurance Plans?

What Is Important When Designing Maritime And Marine Medical Health Insurance Plans?

There are more than 1.5 million seafarers in the world. A majority of these seafarers now have a right to be protected through national laws and practices applying the MLC, 2006 to the ships on which they work. Title 4 of the MLC covers Health Protection, Medical Care, Welfare and Social Security Protection. From August 20th 2013 all vessels over...

26-08-2015 Articles Case Studies

Critical Considerations When Designing Individual International Private Medical Insurance Plans

Critical Considerations When Designing Individual International Private Medical Insurance Plans

Introducing a business into new emerging markets is the response from worldwide business owners to the preeminent mega trend that is globalisation. Establishing a global footprint may be of pivotal importance to a wide range of industry, and according to PWC, cross-border assignments are showing no signs of a slowdown. In fact, 59% of CEOs plan to send more staff on...

26-08-2015 Articles Case Studies

What Are The Key Differences Between An iPMI And A Local Insurance Plan?

What Are The Key Differences Between An iPMI And A Local Insurance Plan?

In a recent International Private Medical Insurance Magazine executive round table business forum, we spoke with leading C-Level executives about the major differences between international private medical insurance plans and local insurance plans. As expatriate hot spots around the world continue to mandate insurance cover for expatriate employees, under various visa and employment laws, questions from the business community continue to...

26-08-2015 Articles Case Studies

Shipping Losses Lowest For 10 Years But Mega-Ships And Cyber-Attacks Pose New Threats For Maritime Sector

Shipping Losses Lowest For 10 Years But Mega-Ships And Cyber-Attacks Pose New Threats For Maritime Sector

75 large ships lost worldwide in 2014, down by a third year-on-year. South China and South East Asian waters top loss hotspots. Increasing size of container ships and floating offshore facilities could cause larger losses exceeding $1 billion. Cyber risks a growing concern in shipping sector, particularly around e-navigation. Crewing levels, Arctic shipping, the increase in human trafficking by sea...

26-03-2015 Articles Case Studies

U.S. Employers Expect Health Care Costs to Rise 4% in 2015

U.S. Employers Expect Health Care Costs to Rise 4% in 2015

Companies plan to continue subsidizing and managing benefits while taking aggressive action to keep costs down. U.S. employers expect a 4% increase in 2015 health care costs for active employees after plan design changes, according to global professional services company Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW). If no adjustments are made, employers project a 5.2% growth rate, putting absolute cost per person...

21-08-2014 Articles Case Studies

How Can Corporations Improve And Manage The Life Cycle Of Their Expatriate Workforce?

How Can Corporations Improve And Manage The Life Cycle Of Their Expatriate Workforce?

It isn't easy living as an expat and a mix of social, economic and personal circumstances can lead to failure and return. This is one of the big hidden costs of expatriation. The expat quits the assignment and wants to return to their country of residence. On return, they may also leave the company forcing downtime, time and economic expense and...

21-08-2014 Articles Case Studies

What Has The Maritime Labour Convention Meant For The Insurance Industry?

What Has The Maritime Labour Convention Meant For The Insurance Industry?

The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) was adopted at a Maritime session of the International Labour Conference (ILO) in 2006 and came into force on 20th August 2013. There are more than 1.5 million seafarers in the world and a majority of these seafarers now have the right to be protected through national laws and practices, applying the MLC 2006 to...

21-08-2014 Articles Case Studies

Defining International Assistance In 2014

Defining International Assistance In 2014

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals. Despite the current global economic climate, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014 the UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth, above the long term projections. Demand for international tourism was strongest for destinations...

20-08-2014 Articles Case Studies

Managing Risk And HR Asset Protection In The Oil And Gas Industry

Managing Risk And HR Asset Protection In The Oil And Gas Industry

The recent Al-Qaida attack on a natural gas facility and subsequent hostage situation in Algeria, represents some of the extreme dangers Oil and Gas workers face 365 days a year. Originally published 29/1/2013. Militants stormed the Tigantourine natural gas facility near In Amenas with dozens of people killed. Tragically when Algerian military forces stormed the facility, more fatalities were caused. This dramatic...

06-03-2014 Articles Case Studies

The Advantages of Telemedical Consultation

Written By Frank Reuter, Reuter Consulting http://www.reuterconsulting.com Telemedical consultation, which may also be referred to as telemedicine or telehealth consultation, focuses on providing patients with the best possible telephonic advice, independent of the location the caller is in. This method of advice is already common in the United Kingdom and Switzerland and is gaining international momentum. The use of telemedical providers plays an...

19-08-2013 Articles Case Studies

International Assistance Group Core Partner ihi Bupa Evacuates British Road Crash Victim from Somalia

A 53-year old British ihi Bupa Travel member was recently involved in a serious road accident in Somalia. Once at the ER in a local hospital, the member’s friend contacts ihi Bupa’s 24-hour assistance service team requesting an air ambulance evacuation. Shortly after the member has been evaluated, ihi Bupa’s medical consultant speaks to the treating doctor. This is the...

19-08-2012 Articles Case Studies

International Assistance Group Core Partner AA International Evacuates Shotgun Wounded Tourist

AA International, Core Partner of the worldwide network of assistance companies, International Assistance Group, received a request from a German Assistance company requesting to organise a medical evacuation of an injured German National from Jayapura, Papua to Singapore. AA International immediately organised the appropriate team and its own air ambulance, a Learjet 35A, for the mission. AA International departed with an...

19-08-2012 Articles Case Studies

Air Medical Transportation Europe

  Düsseldorf 08:00 AM: A call comes in to operations of Jet Executive, JEI: a 30 year old man vacationing on Mallorca, Spain is suffering from a fracture of leg and rip after a motorcycle accident. While speeding on the highway he hit a pole. The girlfriend of the patient was sitting in the back but luckily she didn’t have any...

01-02-2012 Articles Case Studies

Business Trip Security Development Of Company Risk Management Plans

Written By Frank Reuter, Reuter Consulting http://www.reuterconsulting.com Companies are often careless about “Business Trip Security”. Only few purchase adequate travel insurance programs. Efficient risk management for employees and for the company itself is the exception. This is considered negligent as organizations have a general statutory duty of care towards their employees. The “EU Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act”, which is planned...

19-11-2011 Articles Case Studies