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Adrian Henry Joins Bellwood Prestbury

Bellwood Prestbury, the specialist global insurance broker, are pleased to announce that Adrian Henry has joined the firm, following a seven-year posting working as the Chief Underwriter Officer for the leading insurance company in Afghanistan.

Adrian brings with him a huge wealth of knowledge in multi-line commercial insurance, gained through more than 30 years of professional industry experience in major markets and in remote, post-conflict and challenging high-risk environments.

Working with government, international donors and multiple industries, Adrian was the architect of the first private medical scheme in Afghanistan, a scheme which has been responsible for improving medical services and the administration of medical care in the country. Adrian is an expert in negotiating insurance and reinsurance support for significant liabilities, including general/professional liability, death and disability, life, kidnap and ransom, fleet, motor, property and contents, cargo, construction, trade credit, political risk and political violence coverage.

Prior to living and working in Afghanistan, Adrian held senior positions within the insurance industry based in London and New York, and has unique underwriting and broking experience reinforced by on-the-ground international expertise.

Peter Bellwood, Managing Director comments, “Adrian is a well-known and respected professional in the international commercial insurance arena.  He brings with him a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge, which will deliver significant value to Bellwood Prestbury’s clients who demand and expect the very best when it comes to protecting their personnel and operations in complex, challenging and remote environments around the world.

We are delighted to welcome Adrian and his expertise to the team, as we continue to grow our reputation as the leading specialist for businesses that require cover for high-risk occupations and remote or hostile territories”.

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National Friendly Private Medical Insurance Plan To Ease NHS Waiting Times

National Friendly is pushing its Out Patient Optimum product as a potential solution to UK GP waiting times. The private medical insurance plan offers a range of benefits which importantly includes the ability for customers to gain immediate access to a network of private GPs across the UK, making it particularly suited to patients who are time-poor or who are not prepared to wait on average 13 days for a GP appointment in England.

A recent survey of 830 GPs by Pulse , the monthly GP news magazine and website,   has shown that the average wait for a GP appointment is now around 13 days in England, despite changes introduced by the NHS to alleviate pressures on general practice.  The average waiting time, although stable, is up from 10 days in 2015, according to the data.

The survey also reveals that more than 40% of patients must now wait longer than 14 days for a routine appointment.

Head of Sales and Marketing at National Friendly, Wayne Carter, comments: “GP waiting times are a highly visible issue for the NHS, as a visit to the GP is key to unlocking access to both NHS and private care, even for relatively minor ailments. Delays of up to two weeks inconvenience many, so we have designed a straightforward insurance plan that allows easy access to a private GP when needed.”

There are currently around 371 private GP nationally in the UK.

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How To Communicate In A Medical Emergency In Philippines

Pacific Cross International understand that when you live abroad or travel overseas, the simplest task can become a huge challenge. To find the right word is always a moment of distress and communication is critical, especially in the golden hour. The Pacific Cross International language tips info graphic will help you to stay calm in an emergency situation.

Pacific Cross International brings over 65 years of experience to the health and travel insurance industry in Asia providing health insurance to over 75,000+ people, representing 57 nationalities living in 43 countries. In 2014 the group provided travel insurance for 2,642,514 travel days for over 200,000+ people.

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How To Communicate In A Medical Emergency In Indonesia

Pacific Cross International understand that when you live abroad or travel overseas, the simplest task can become a huge challenge. To find the right word is always a moment of distress and communication is critical, especially in the golden hour. The Pacific Cross International language tips info graphic will help you to stay calm in an emergency situation.

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Pacific Cross International brings over 65 years of experience to the health and travel insurance industry in Asia providing health insurance to over 75,000+ people, representing 57 nationalities living in 43 countries. In 2014 the group provided travel insurance for 2,642,514 travel days for over 200,000+ people.

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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 for cover in a Gulf state where insurance has to be fronted/shared by a local insurer; Which or how many of these 5 countries do you book the premium into? Which currency do you measure it in?

If an American living in Cuba buys an IPMI policy from a Bermuda broker for a job in Trinidad and uses a UK insurer that works from a local office in the USA but pays claims from a global claims centre in Romania, how many of the 6 countries do you book premium and claims to?

It isn't so simple is it?

Coupled with the following facts breaking down the market size for PMI and IPMI is a complex if not impossible task:

Back-in-the-day Insurers would publish detailed by product or by country info but now they try to avoid it, as it is competitive gold dust.

Many country figures only cover onshore health insurance and not offshore so can mislead you when looking at the market value in countries that do not demand local cover.

Some big European and American global insurers only publish on a vague regional basis, or on types that lumps health in with life and accident covers.

In many smaller countries the offshore IPMI market is far bigger than any onshore PMI or IPMI market - and in some countries there is no domestic health insurance at all.

Few countries demand annual insurer returns by product and those that do ask for vague health, accident and protection figures. The definition of protection is so vague, it is open to interpretation. 

Currency conversion is a huge problem too - 2015 figures from various big insurers show that income and profit figures can vary by plus or minus 30% depending on what currency and what conversion rates are used.

Internet Facts

In the complex world of IPMI there is no space for "Internet Facts".

Facts from a country, insurer or trade body, are generally reliable but even "official" figures have to be watched as within Health there can be hospital cash or top-up covers and other non full PMI or IPMI figures.

Where governments demand returns on health insurance or there are official competition enquiries then there are some excellent numbers to crunch.

Understanding The PMI And IPMI Report Market

Unfortunately in 2016 there are so many sub-standard boiler plate healthcare, insurance and expatriate reports. They claim to have health insurance country figures, but when you shell out thousands of pounds of R & D budget, and look for yourself, they mix accident and health and protection together; and strangely they all seem to predict growth for the next five years of 20% a year.

We have seen reports that profile the top ten insurers' and base the country figures just on the rough claimed figures- where the top ten miss out more than half the market.

There are reports which show insurers country market share but the total always seems to add up to well over 100%!

So, how can we understand the size of the PMI and IPMI market?

International And Expatriate Healthcare And Insurance 2016 is the only reliable source of information that can be trusted to answer your question and even then there are still some gaps. But this is critical: this report deals in facts, not crystal balls.

The 2016 edition is the result of over a decade of specialist research and report writing and is the answer for insurers, brokers and corporations who struggle to break the market down.

Where there is decent data available, it is included and all data has been carefully researched, checked and verified with no outlandish or generic claims made. Past performance is not always a representation of future results.

2016 IPMI Report Facts And Features That Will Help You Size The Market:

Download the 2016 report information kit, click here.

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Chase Templeton Scores Four With Wellbeing Health Insurance Acquisition

Private medical insurance consolidator Chase Templeton has completed its fourth acquisition of 2016 with the purchase of Manchester’s Wellbeing Health Insurance Ltd.

The deal has seen the Darwen, Lancashire, headquartered business acquire a book worth nearly £880,000 in annual premium income, of which 80 percent is generated by SME clients. 

Completion of this latest transaction follows last month’s acquisition of Leeds-based Independent Health Services and January’s purchases of Preston’s Health Equity Solutions and Caledonian Health Solutions of Kelso. 

Wellbeing was owned by Graham Harfleet who is relocating to Scotland after his wife and fellow director Elizabeth secured a new position with the Methodist Church.

 “Whilst not one of our bigger acquisitions, Wellbeing Health Insurance nonetheless brings another solid and valuable SME client book to the business,” commented Chase Templeton’s chief executive officer, Warren Dickson. “It’s a good buy which also precedes a trio of more substantial deals which are pipelined for completion between now and the end of May.” 

The acquisition maintains the momentum of the company’s aggressive buy and build strategy which was has seen Chase Templeton become the leading consolidator in the UK’s PMI sector. 

Since securing backing from Manchester finance house Palatine Private Equity, the company has completed over 60 deals, including high profile acquisition targets such as Atlas Consulting Group, Avanti Healthcare and Consilium Employee Benefits.

The company now manages policies worth over £150m and employs some 115 staff across its three UK sites.

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Punter Southall Health & Protection Launches Expatriate Benefit Solutions

Punter Southall Health & Protection, one of the largest health and protection advisers in the UK, has launched Expatriate Benefit Solutions, a unique service to support employers with expatriate staff.

The new service is especially relevant for employers with small numbers of expatriates looking to expand and diversify their business overseas and is provided in association with Healix International, Morneau Shepell, and Bupa Global.

Commenting on the launch, Teresa Wighton, Head of International Healthcare Consulting, Punter Southall Health & Protection, says: “A successful international assignment needs careful consideration, planning and substantial resources. The average cost of an assignment can be significant and failure can therefore not only be costly, but also result in reputational damage for the company and the loss of valuable employees. Our new service helps reduce these risks and provides employers with the valuable support services that can help employees and their families settle into a new environment.”

The service comprises three inter-related components - pre-assignment screening, a cultural training and expatriate employee assistance programme, and international medical insurance.

Pre-assignment screening is provided by Healix International, using a simple online health questionnaire which is completed for all family members and assessed by a medical team. This is then used to determine if employees or their dependants have any underlying health issues or conditions to enable the right support to be put in place before an assignment starts.

Jon Atkins, Director of Business Development, Healix International, says “Many of the illnesses and health related problems suffered by business travellers and expatriates while overseas are both predictable and preventable. With the experience we have gained through the 12 million medical screenings we carry out each year, we are able to provide a comprehensive and cost effective online solution for assessing the health risks facing employees and their dependants.”

The cultural training and expatriate employee assistance programme is provided by Morneau Shepell and is aimed at helping employees settle into a new work environment and help their families adapt to their new lives. It comprises:

  • A three-hour cultural training programme where employees learn skills and knowledge to live and work effectively within a different culture, and families learn how to communicate around feelings regarding the international assignment.
  • A unique employee assistance programme (EAP) tailored specifically to support the needs and challenges facing expatriates. The service is 24/7 and provides access to 250 expatriate counsellors in over 70 countries, who all have personal expatriate experience.

Richard Albert, Vice President, Global Business Development at Morneau Shepell, says: “We are a leading and experienced expatriate EAP provider that has the unique understanding of the psychosocial impact of international relocation on diagnosis and treatment of problems. This clinical understanding enables us to effectively address expatriate problems and the spill over of these into the workplace. We also take a dual mandate, not only to provide short-term solution-focused counselling support, but also to sustain expatriates while on assignment.”

Bupa Global is providing the international medical insurance for this new service.  Ian Abbott, Head of Intermediary Distribution UK, Bupa Global, says: “Punter Southall Health & Protection partnered with Bupa Global to develop international medical insurance plans that fit the needs of expatriates wherever they are in the world. The products are available exclusively to clients of Punter Southall Health & Protection and are designed to give the ultimate assurance and peace of mind when sending employees and their families overseas. They provide cost effective, benefit rich cover, supported by a range of on-line services and 24/7 helpline advice and support.”

 

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Punter Southall Health & Protection Launches Post Hospital Service

Following the launch of its Med24 GP app in October 2015, Punter Southall Health & Protection, one of the largest health and protection advisers in the UK, has continued its innovative approach to healthcare and protection benefits with the launch of a unique Post Hospital Discharge product.

Available to all employers wishing to extend their health and wellness benefits at a minimal cost per member, it bridges the gap between discharge from hospital and full recovery.

The Post Hospital Service has been designed to look after employees when they come out of hospital after a stay of 48 hours or longer. The stay can be for any reason (except pregnancy), whether planned or emergency, and includes NHS or private care and so is relevant to the whole work force, not just those in a corporate health scheme.

To create the service Punter Southall Health & Protection has teamed up with Red Arc Personal Nurse Advisers and Collinson Group to offer seamless, medical, emotional and practical support for employees when they come out of hospital.

As well as unlimited nurse adviser support, the service provides help at home by high quality, Care Quality Commission (CQC) accredited, domiciliary care providers. This practical help is tailored to each person’s needs and can include a variety of services such as personal care, domestic duties, collecting prescriptions and arranging transport to appointments.

Commenting on the new service Jan Lawson, Executive Director of Punter Southall Health & Protection said, “Being medically well enough to leave hospital is not the same as being better. Extra support after returning home is often necessary, but rarely provided. Everyone is different and this product combines practical help, emotional support and a personalised “Get well, Stay Well plan” for an unlimited period.”

Adds Lawrence Watts, Business Development Director, Insurance & Assistance, Collinson Group, ‘We are delighted to be working with Punter Southall Health & Protection as it continues to broaden the offer of innovative Health and Protection products and services to its employers and their members.  We look forward to working alongside Punter Southall Health and Protection by providing first class assistance in the form of practical help through our accredited domiciliary care network at a time when it is needed most.’

By helping to support full recovery, the service will benefit employees and their families as well as the sponsoring employer, who will be seen as a caring employer, while assisting members to return to work more quickly and having less chance of relapse or future illness.

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UK Niche Insurance

A new series of research reports about niche insurance lines in the UK indicates that these generally offer better growth prospects for underwriters than mainstream motor, household and commercial lines insurance, and that for most of them distribution via affinity and corporate partners is key to success.

In total, the series covers 20 different niche insurance products ranging from motor cycle insurance to boat, yacht and pleasure craft cover, and from landlord rent guarantee policies to tax investigation insurance. In total, premiums associated with these 20 niche lines are likely to exceed GBP 5 billion by 2018 with their predicted weighted compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2018 averaging out at 3.3% in nominal terms given that premiums were worth a total of around GBP 4.4 billion in the former year.

"Worth over GBP 1 billion in gross written premiums in 2014, the most valuable of these 20 markets is that for non-standard and listed property insurance", commented Francisco Leitão, Consultant at Finaccord. "However, in descending order of their forecast growth rate, those predicted to increase in value most rapidly in future are extended warranties for cars, landlord rent guarantee insurance, caravan and park home insurance, classic car insurance, landlord property insurance, excess protection insurance, and pet and personal equine insurance, premiums for all of which should rise at a nominal compound annual rate of more than 5% between 2014 and 2018. In fact, across the 20 niche policy types investigated, only GAP insurance is likely to fall in value up to 2018 with this probable decline due to new regulations affecting sale of this product via car dealers."

Separate research released by Finaccord in recent weeks indicates that the predicted compound annual growth rate of 3.3% up to 2018, while not sounding especially high, is nonetheless better than that forecast for personal motor, household and commercial lines insurance in the UK (at a respective 1.2%, 3.1% and 1.4% over the same period from 2014 to 2018). 

A further notable finding from the research series is that distribution via affinity and corporate partners is important to winning business in most of these 20 niche lines. In fact, as an unweighted average across all 20 of them, around 46% of new sales are attributable to such partners (including aggregators) ranging up to 90% or more in the case of extended warranties for cars and GAP insurance, both of which are mainly sold through the automotive trade (i.e. car dealers and manufacturers). Distribution via brokers (including those acting as tied agents or IFAs) is also very significant at an unweighted average of around 39% of new sales of these policies peaking at approximately 90% in the case of key person cover and related types of life protection insurance sold to business customers and at around 80% for bicycle insurance. On the other hand, an unweighted average of only 15% of new business is secured through direct sales by underwriters with a maximum of around 40% in the case of van insurance.

"Our research shows that there is usually a significant number of affinity and corporate partnerships for these niche insurance products the nature of which varies by product type", concluded Francisco Leitão. "These can vary from holiday rental companies for holiday and second home insurance to jewellers in the case of jewellery and watch insurance, and from universities for student contents insurance to retailers offering wedding lists when it comes to wedding and personal event insurance. Some of these relationships are controlled by underwriters but the majority have been set up by brokers and, clearly, holding the right partnerships is important for achieving success in many of these niche markets, especially as most of the products are not especially suited to being sold through the aggregator channel."

 

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Chase Templeton Completes Avanti Healthcare Acquisition

The acquisition brings a further £6.8m of annual premium income (API) and over 1,500 clients to the fast-growing business. Around 60 percent of that income is generated through SME policies, further strengthening Chase Templeton’s position in its core market within the company health insurance sector.

Following a series of acquisitions, including major deals with Atlas Consulting Group and Consilium Employee Benefits, Chase Templeton has now added some £40m API to its books in the last three months and £55m in 2015 as a whole.

Avanti Healthcare was founded in 1996 by chief executive Glen Smith who is exiting the PMI sector in order to concentrate on his Avanti Travel Insurance business. “I and my colleagues have spent nearly 20 years nurturing Avanti Healthcare into a very successful, well-respected and well-known specialist broker. When I decided to focus resource and attention on our growing travel business I sought a buyer who would not only let me realise the value of assets, but inspire confidence that Avanti Healthcare clients would continue to benefit from the best possible advice and service.

“Chase Templeton’s acquisition model is predicated on delivering both those things.”

Jeff Tate, Chase Templeton’s mergers and acquisition director, said the new deal supported one of the company’s key strategic aims. “Avanti brings to us not just a sizeable but a high quality SME client base as indeed did Atlas and Consilium. These and other acquisition, completed and to be concluded, place us firmly on the path towards becoming one of, if not the, key national player in the crucial SME space.” 

He confirmed that Avanti would be Chase Templeton’s last major acquisition this calendar year but added that further significant deals are pipelined for the first quarter of 2016.

Avanti’s SME clients will be serviced via Chase Templeton’s Corporate Centre of Excellence at its headquarters in Darwen, Lancashire. Nearly 1,000 private individual policies will be managed by a specialist team at the Individual Centre of Excellence in Bridgwater, Somerset.

 

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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 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

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

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