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Is Affordable Private Health Insurance the Answer to NHS Failings?

In light of recent news headlines regarding the poor state of some NHS hospitals, Over 50s personal finance comparison site Over50choices announces alternative healthcare solutions with the launch of their new affordable Private Health Insurance comparison tool. As a nation, over the years the majority of people in the UK have been proud of the NHS, a service that has been the envy of other countries.

Now as a result of relentless bad press (BBC Website 13th August 2013), regarding poor healthcare, hospital super drugs and increased death rates, the quality of service provided really has come into question. Little wonder then that people are looking for alternative solutions. Over50choices, a personal finance comparison website designed specifically for the Over50s, has a dedicated section on affordable Private Health Insurance, an option for those looking for an alternative to the NHS. It explains all about the different types of cover, how to reduce monthly premiums for people on a budget and provides a comparison service so visitors to the site can compare healthcare plans and be sure to choose the right level of cover for their needs. Private Health Insurance can be of benefit for those looking to have more control over the treatment they receive.

It provides speedy access to specialists and consultants avoiding lengthy NHS queues; more accommodating appointment times arranged to suit the individual; the use of private hospitals which usually includes en-suite rooms with good quality food, TVs and private phones; unrestricted visiting times and access to new drugs and treatment that may not be available on the NHS.

Over50choices Managing Director Ashley Shepherd speaks from personal experience when talking about the benefits of Health Insurance. “Having been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer 3 years ago, I found the support and protection my health insurance gave me invaluable. I was able to explore all the options available to me and had access to one of the countries’ leading urologists, a point I whole heartedly believe was life changing." Of course Private Healthcare does not negate the need or use of the NHS which still provides emergency support and care for long term illness but it can help people stay in control of their healthcare. We all lead busy lives these days so if we have an illness, the last thing we need is the additional strain and pressure brought on by waiting for appointments, test results and treatments. By speeding up the process with health insurance, life doesn’t necessarily have to come to a standstill.”

The website explains the differences between the main types and different levels of health insurance and how to reduce costs by increasing the excess which is the amount the insured person is prepared to pay towards each claim, agreeing to be treated by the NHS if treatment takes place within certain time frames or by paying a certain percentage of costs. In addition to affordable Private Health Insurance, the website also helps visitors review, compare and buy Over 50s life insurance, car insurance, travel, pet and home insurance, energy suppliers and funeral plans.

One Hundred Years Launches In The UK With A New Comprehensive Private Health Management Service

One Hundred Years launches in the UK today, providing global, best-in-class private health management services. The service identifies individual client health and lifestyle goals and delivers those outcomes via personalised health programmes managed by dedicated Private Health Advisors, physicians and scientists.

The strength of its medical expertise is illustrated by the organisation’s Global Faculty of Advisors and National Medical Advisory Board, which is responsible for designing solutions and providing access to the latest medical treatments and research. It is convened by One Hundred Year’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jack Kreindler and led in the UK by Medical Director Dr. Sundeep Dhillon MBE.

Among over 20 Board members, including leading international experts in medicine and science, are:

  • Professor Hugh Montgomery, who discovered the first human gene for fitness and activity (ACE)
  • Professor Greg Whyte, specialist in exercise physiology, sports performance and rehabilitation
  • Dr Michael Loosemore, who on behalf of LOCOG selected doctors for the London 2012 Olympics
  • Dr Richard Budgett, Chief Medical Officer of the International Olympic Committee and formerly CMO of the London 2012 Olympics and Team GB

One Hundred Years differentiates its health programmes by focusing on improving the trajectory of each client’s health by executing highly personalised optimisation, prevention, and treatment strategies. The network of senior international healthcare figures, together with the pro-active management of clients' individual health programmes, is at the heart of One Hundred Years' model to deliver health programmes that are personalised, proactive, and built around medical centres of excellence. The company’s health management services can be fully integrated with comprehensive health insurance solutions to provide exceptional global cover to each individual client programme. One Hundred Years offers the first complete health service to consolidate all medical, administrative and financial functions into a single, professionally managed offering.

“One Hundred Years is the first company to professionally manage health and healthcare spending,” says co-founder and CEO Virgil Bretz. “Our health management model is analogous to the best examples in wealth management. Wealth managers have long understood that no two clients are alike. Our clients greatly value health. Personalised, strategic, and coordinated expert advice is as important in planning a long life of great health as it is a portfolio of wealth.” Dr. Jack Kreindler comments “We are building the first care management and insurance programmes that focus on medical excellence instead of the prevailing model of cost containment. Our motivation is to learn what health means to individual clients and then help them achieve that via access to the best minds in each field. We have built a strong community of medical and science professionals and we continue to welcome many more high-achieving practitioners into the fold. One Hundred Years is intensely focused on identifying, working with and rewarding the world’s best health professionals. ”

New Cover For The Untapped Seafarers Market From Globality Health

New Cover For The Untapped Seafarers Market From Globality Health

Globality Health responded to the need for appropriate insurance for seafarers by partnering with Crewsure (crewsure.com) to offer clients innovative insurance products. From August 20th 2013 all vessels over a certain size have to comply with a new labour convention known as the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006.

New product, Crewsure Marine, supports the health and wellbeing of onboard crew and also fully meets the revised Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) regulations. Crewsure Marine is a composite ‘no fault’ insurance policy, paid for by the Employer, providing personal insurance for seafarers. This includes medical care, personal accident cover, loss or delay of baggage and repatriation in the case of abandonment. Although the Crewsure product has been designed as a single solution, should a ship owner have sourced elements elsewhere the product can be separated as appropriate.

“It is our firm belief that the best partners have joined forces to deliver first class care and the best insurance service to the maritime industry. We give Crewsure clients the strength of one of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers, so crewmembers can feel safe and secure whatever ocean they cross.” Philip Wright, Chief Commercial Officer, Globality Health.

“Crewsure will work harmoniously with the maritime industry to give seafarers the security and benefits they deserve. Crucially, we engage with unions, shipowners, ship managers, manning agents and the insurance industry and will continue to do so to ensure that Crewsure remains evolutionary.” Robert Johnston, Crewsure Marine.

Crewsure Marine is underwritten by Globality Health and KA Köln.Assekuranz Agentur GmbH on behalf of Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC – all part of Munich Re.

About Crewsure

Managing Director Robert Johnson is a well-known figure in the maritime insurance world. He recently retired as Chairman of British Marine after 10 years as Managing Director, following his 25 years with the Steamship Mutual P&I Club.

About Globality Health

Globality Health is the international health insurer with a special focus on expatriates. People who study, live or work abroad are assured that their health is always in good hands, no matter where they are. As an integral part of Munich Health, with more than 5,000 experts at 26 locations, we offer innovative healthcare solutions for clients and partners all over the world. As a member of Munich Re, we give you the strength and security of one of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers.

Ultracare Power Launched For Oil And Gas Industry

Ultracare Power Launched For Oil And Gas Industry

UltraCare Power a medical insurance plan especially for the oil and gas industry in Asia has been launched today. The new plan has been developed by international health insurer InterGlobal for brokers with clients in the regional energy sector. UltraCare Power will initially be available in Singapore and eventually rolled out across Asia.

UltraCare Power keeps premium levels highly competitive for workers in the energy industry by focusing on core benefits. Two levels of cover are available, UltraCare Power Select and Power Plus. Both give members and their families access to emergency, hospital and out-patient treatment, when and where it is needed. UltraCare Power Plus also covers dental treatment, wellness benefits and cover for chronic conditions. Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation is available as an option. Most workers have evacuation cover provided by their employers, so making the benefit optional avoids the risk of members paying for a benefit they do not need.

Alistair Dickman, Country Manager and Chief Executive, InterGlobal Singapore said: “Singapore is an important centre for the oil and gas industry in Asia, with thousands of people involved in onshore and offshore production. They need top quality, affordable medical insurance matched exactly to their working lives. Many work offshore or travel extensively to remote locations. There are also a high number of contractors in the industry which means that people need to be able to access quality cover at an affordable premium without joining an employer’s scheme. “We launched UltraCare Power to give energy workers a real choice when choosing medical insurance. It gives employers, individual contractors and their families the reassurance that they can receive treatment when they need it for a cost effective premium. “The launch of UltraCare Power is great example of our strategy to focus on developing products to meet the exact needs of local markets. When our intermediary partners told us there was a real demand for a competitive oil and gas IPMI plan across Asia, we went all out to develop a plan that fitted the needs of the industry in the region.”

Brazil Sees Rise In Travel Insurance Claims Ahead Of World Cup

Brazil Sees Rise In Travel Insurance Claims Ahead Of World Cup

Summer travel insurance claims from Brazil have risen by more than 60% in two years, according to research carried out by CEGA Group, the claims management and international assistance provider. The new research covers the two years from summer 2010 and takes into account all types of travel insurance claims, including theft, travel delays and medical expenses.

“With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the number of travellers to the country is only going to rise,” says CEGA’s Head of Corporate Specialty Risks, Juan Peña Núñez, “and we are already being asked by clients to carry out comprehensive medical risk assessments of World Cup host venues, to support their own risk management strategies. “Together with Chile and Colombia, Brazil is home to some of the best medical facilities in South America, but the vast majority are based in the larger cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo.

“Medical care in rural locations is limited, so it is essential for an assistance provider to be able to evacuate patients from even the most remote areas in an emergency. Hence they must understand not just the medical but the topographical landscape as well. It is vital to have an established network of trusted medical evacuation partners and hospitals right across the country to cover any eventuality.”

The most common medical risks in Brazil, according to CEGA, include gastro-intestinal problems, acute trauma, particularly from road traffic accidents, and diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria and Hepatitis A.

Migration complete as Phase One of customer service programme delivered

Migration complete as Phase One of customer service programme delivered

PruHealth has today announced that the transfer of its servicing operation from South Africa* to the UK has now taken place, resulting in the creation of 150 new jobs in the UK in one of the biggest and fastest staff expansion programmes seen in the PMI market. This completes Phase One of its programme to deliver world class customer service and the overall project will be finished in 18 months time.

Key elements delivered to date include:

  • A work transfer programme, in which PruHealth’s South African servicing operation, including all telephony and back office claims processing, has been fully migrated to the UK. This has created 100 new jobs in Stockport and 50 new jobs in Bournemouth. Customers now have all their claims, servicing enquiries and Vitality wellness programme support delivered by the UK team, which provides local knowledge and expertise.
  • PruHealth’s successful Indian offshore operation which provides back office administration support through its strategic partner, Serco, has also been expanded with an additional 50 people.
  • This work transfer programme is already having an impact, resulting in significant operational savings and improvements in the overall customer experience.
  • The launch of a dedicated Distribution Services Division provides tailored servicing to PruHealth’s various distribution channels. A number of operations have been integrated to provide a seamless service, and instead of a one size fits all strategy, PruHealth has segmented how it works relating to each of its sales channels.
  • PruHealth has built the ability for customers to submit claims online and for 90% to be processed within 24 hours.

PruHealth is already seeing tangible results delivered as a result of these key changes. Lapse rates have reduced by a third since the customer service programme began two years ago, and the volume of complaints has halved and is still reducing.

According to Neville Koopowitz, Chief Executive at PruHealth: “Our vision is clear and we are investing heavily to ensure we achieve it. We have delivered an enormous amount of work to lay the foundations to enable us to deliver world class customer service, but we still have a lot more to do. Going forward in the second phase of the project we will be looking at areas that will add real value and help us go that extra mile for our customers. We are embarking on some exciting new initiatives that mean we will be covering previously unchartered ground.”

Phase Two will comprise a series of projects designed to improve every dimension of the business, all focused around the customer journey and improving service for individuals, employers and intermediaries, as well as increasing engagement with the Vitality wellness programme.

* All South African staff have been deployed into new roles within Discovery, with no loss of jobs.

CNV and Achmea sign declaration of intent on cooperation

CNV and Achmea sign declaration of intent on cooperation

The CNV (National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands) and Achmea, the largest insurance company of the Netherlands, recently signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on providing personal legal assistance services and non-life insurance as from 1 January 2014. Cooperation will enable the CNV to expand its range of legal services and thus make it more attractive to existing and new members. The trade unions affiliated to the CNV will continue doing what they are good at: providing legal assistance for their members with issues relating to employment and income, such as dismissal procedures, reorganisations and pay disputes. ​

As well as help with employment and income issues, the four largest CNV-affiliated trade unions have been providing personal legal assistance for their members for many years. Until now, CNV has provided personal legal assistance via its own insurer. The plan is for these activities to be taken over by Stichting Achmea Rechtsbijstand (Achmea Legal Assistance Foundation), to which the staff of CNV Rechtshulp (CNV Legal Assistance) who are affected by the change will be transferred, together with the active files.

Pieter de Vente, General Secretary of CNV: "The CNV-affiliated trade unions are the only trade union organisations in the Netherlands to offer their members basic insurance cover for personal legal assistance. The basic cover will still be free: members will pay only their monthly trade union contributions. By working more closely with Achmea, we can not only improve this basic package, but also augment it substantially with the addition of Centraal Beheer Achmea non-life insurance at a member discount." De Vente continues: "This is a carefully considered move on the part of the CNV-affiliated trade unions. Our own insurer is in good financial health, but we are so small that a relatively large part of the premium income is spent on complying with the legislation and regulations for financial institutions. While the CNV agrees that robust and effective regulation is essential, it would prefer to spend as much as possible of the premium income on achieving its intended goal: providing legal assistance for the members. Working with Achmea will mean that costs will absorb a smaller proportion of the premium income, so more can be done for the members."

Danny van der Eijk, a member of Achmea's Executive Board, describes it as a win-win situation: "This alliance is good for the CNV, good for the members and good for Achmea. It is our ambition to create links with employers and employees across a broader front. Given our cooperative background and the social themes in which Achmea seeks to play a leading role, the social partners (employers' and employees' representatives) are ideal partners in both dialogue and cooperation. By working together with the CNV, we can come closer to achieving that ambition. The opportunity to provide legal assistance services and offer Centraal Beheer Achmea non-life insurance is, of course, an added bonus." CNV and Achmea expect to finalise the agreement in the coming months, so that they can start working together on 1 January 2014. The employee consultation bodies will of course be involved in this process.

Bupa appoints Patricia Hewitt as Board Director

Bupa appoints Patricia Hewitt as Board Director

Bupa, the international healthcare company, have announced the appointment of Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt to its board as a non-executive director. Ms Hewitt joins Bupa following an extensive parliamentary, government and business career. She was MP for Leicester West for 13 years, holding the positions of Secretary of State for Health between 2005 and 2007 and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Cabinet Minister for Women between 2001 and 2005.

Before joining the Cabinet, she was Minister for e-Commerce and Small Business, and Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Ms Hewitt left Parliament in May 2010. Ms Hewitt is the senior independent director of BT Group plc, non-executive director of Groupe Eurotunnel SA and chair of the UK India Business Council, an organisation that promotes trade between the two countries.

Lord Leitch, chairman, Bupa, said: “Patricia’s extensive government and international business experience will bring valuable insight to Bupa as we deliver on our vision to make a positive difference to health systems, reaching millions more customers around the world.” Ms Hewitt joins the Bupa Board on 1 July 2013. Bupa has no shareholders and reinvests its profits to provide more and better healthcare.

Consumers Want Obamacare Health Insurance Waiver Too

Consumers Want Obamacare Health Insurance Waiver Too

A week out from the Obama administration's decision to delay the employer mandate penalty for not providing health insurance to employees, a new consumer survey from HealthPocket finds substantial sentiment that the same temporary waiver should apply to uninsured individuals.

Consumers Want Obamacare Health Insurance Waiver Too

Forty-one percent of respondents said, "Yes, the waiver should apply equally," more than triple those who answered, "No, the consumer fine should remain." HealthPocket surveyed 884 people from across the United States and asked, "Should the Obamacare fine on consumers without health insurance be waived in 2014 just as the fine for employers not providing health insurance was waived?"

Nearly half of respondents were not certain; 41 percent said the waiver should be equally applied; 12 percent of respondents said the consumer fine should stand. "Consumers are beginning to understand how the Affordable Care Act affects them, but there is still a lot of uncertainty," said Bruce Telkamp, HealthPocket CEO. "Last week's delay of the employer mandate demonstrates that the Obamacare implementation schedule is still not set in stone. Consumers will have to stay tuned to fully understand the market changes going live in the fall." The employer penalty, now delayed until 2015, pertains to employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent workers.

The majority of adult Americans also face penalties if they are uninsured, and that fine is currently scheduled to take effect in 2014. The penalty for not being insured is intended to maximize the number of healthy people in the insurance pool, thereby lowering both insurers' risk base and health insurance premiums. The 2014 fee for individuals remaining uninsured is 1 percent of their annual income or $95, whichever is highest. The penalty increases annually until reaching $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income, whichever is highest, and is adjusted after 2016 based on cost of living. This InfoPoll survey was conducted between July 3 and July 5, 2013.

The methodology to acquire survey respondents who approximate national statistics on age, gender, and region was implemented by Google. To compare premiums for health plans in any geographic area, visit HealthPocket's health plan comparison tool.

Affinity and partnership marketing in UK legal services

 

Affinity and partnership marketing in UK legal services
  • Opportunities in affinity and partnership marketing constitute an important consideration for providers of both commercial and consumer legal services.

According to new research released by Finaccord, an increasing number of organisations are acting as affinity or corporate partners for legal services, much in the manner that insurance and other consumer services have long been marketed through partnerships. Across a total of 1,700 organisations investigated, 518 (30.5%) offer a legal service in one form or another, usually in conjunction with one or more external partners (rather than via their own in-house resources).

Indeed, across the five service categories considered – namely, legal helplines / assistance, commercial legal services, conveyancing, will writing and other consumer legal services – the research identified over 850 separate examples in total. Initiatives are most widespread in the area of legal helplines / assistance followed by commercial legal services, other consumer legal services, conveyancing and will writing.

Commented Alan Leach, Director at Finaccord: "Many of these examples pre-date the introduction of alternative business structures (ABSs) from October 2011 onwards although that change to the competitive environment, brought about through the Legal Services Act of 2007, is now producing a number of important new initiatives. For instance, these are especially visible in the insurance sector where ABSs have been created recently by a number of competitors including Admiral Insurance Group, Ageas, Autonet and DAS."

Among not-for-profit affinity partners, professional associations, trade associations and trade unions are often involved in these areas, as are banks, building societies and insurers among financial partners, and estate agency and property services firms among commercial partners. As shown in the bar chart, 71.1% of trade unions offer legal services with the equivalent percentages reaching 62.5% for automotive associations (although there are only eight of these), 43.1% for insurers, 42.6% for building societies and 38.6% for professional associations.

At 32.5%, the percentage is lower for trade associations but that is partly because with over 720 organisations in this sub-category in total, it is by far the largest of those investigated. In fact, 235 trade associations offer legal services to their members making this the area in which partnerships are most numerous (as opposed to frequent), far ahead of trade unions (69) and professional associations (56). The research also calculates both the unweighted and weighted share of partnerships of providers in each of the five service categories with the former measure based on a straightforward count of the number of relationships identified and the latter on a formula that takes into consideration the likely importance of the organisations with which the partnerships have been established.

For legal helplines / assistance, the leading provider in both unweighted and weighted terms is Croner, a trading style of Wolters Kluwer (UK), mainly by virtue of its many relationships with trade associations. Turning to commercial legal services, Steeles Law emerges as the leading provider on an unweighted basis but is displaced by Irwin Mitchell in weighted terms. In the realm of conveyancing, Thompsons is the provider with the greatest number of affinity partnerships although eConveyancer (a trading style of United Legal Services) leads on a weighted basis.

For will writing, Thompsons leads once again in the unweighted analysis but is overtaken by Brodies and Hugh James (used as a duo by several major retail banking brands) when viewed in weighted terms. Finally, with regards to other consumer legal services, Thompsons leads the way by both measures – this legal services firm holds partnerships with a total of 30 different organisations, most of which are trade unions. Concluded Alan Leach: "In an increasingly competitive environment, opportunities in affinity and partnership marketing constitute an important consideration for providers of both commercial and consumer legal services in the UK that want to grow their business.

Finaccord's research shows that close to 250 providers of legal services hold at least one partnership among the organisations investigated and a significant number of these hold five or more relationships which underlines the extent to which affinities and partnerships constitute a significant element of their marketing strategy." "Ultimately, the impact of the Legal Services Act has not been to produce a 'big bang' of the type seen in the financial services sector a generation ago; moreover, the description of it as 'Tesco Law' may also prove to have been wide of the mark; at the time of the research, no supermarket chains had yet launched legal services.

However, it has injected a significant degree of uncertainty into a sector that has already experienced declining profitability in a number of areas in recent years, causing traditional law firms to re-think the way that they promote their services to customers and acquire new business."

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Aetna International names two new managers to its European Services Operations

Aetna (NYSE: AET), a leading global diversified health care solutions company, has named two key personnel to its European service operations. Kate Banfield has joined Aetna as its regional operations manager, Europe. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading service delivery across all operational areas for the Europe region. Banfield has more than 17 years of experience in operations and served most recently at AXA PPP International. ...

09-07-2013 Executive Appointment Insurance News

Sales and Development Manager Travel & Medical Insurance Vancouver

Closing date: July 4th, 2013. Key Requirements: Must have a minimum of 5 years Accident & Sickness experience and hold current insurance licenses in British Columbia, plus other provinces where required. Key responsibilities:   To work as the designated Sales and Development manager for a brand new travel insurance broker that has recently been established. To develop new travel insurance business in the province of British Columbia, using experience, skills, incentives and...

24-06-2013 IPMI Magazine Breaking News

The Role Of Quality Management and Accreditation in the Air and Ground Ambulance Business

Sponsored by MEDCARE PROFESSIONAL iPMI Magazine is excited to launch the first in a series of medical transportation executive virtual round table sessions. Bringing together leading lights from the air and ground ambulance business, the first session kicks off with a focus on The Role of Accreditation and Quality Management Systems in Medical Transportation. Positions are available for The Role of Accreditation and Quality Management Systems in Medical Transportation Round...

18-06-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

New Insurance Broker Initiative by iPMIM: Assisting Insurance Brokers Accelerate Their Entry Into The Health Insurance Market

You are a health, medical, travel or expatriate insurance broker, or at least you want to be. You want to source the right information about the worldwide health insurance plans, that you wish to represent and sell. You have clients worldwide who are seeking to compare private medical and health insurance plans, and you wish to have the best suite of solutions available, so they may select the most...

18-06-2013 IPMI Magazine Breaking News

Living with Asthma

The World Health Organisation estimates that 235 million people around the world suffer from asthma. It is a problem that occurs in all countries, regardless of the level of development. Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children so for expatriates with families, it is a concern that should be considered, especially as on-going treatment costs can be significant. Most expatriates are away for a...

18-06-2013 IPMI Magazine Breaking News

Per Bay Jørgensen joins Now Health International as Non-Executive Director

International health insurance provider, Now Health International, announces that Per Bay Jørgensen joins as a Non-Executive Director from July 2013. Jørgensen is one of the founders of the international health insurance industry with the launch of IHI Danmark in 1980. CEO Martin Garcia commented, “While the industry itself has changed beyond recognition, the values that Per Bay instilled into his first venture have not. Per Bay's commitment to...

18-06-2013 Executive Appointment Insurance News

FORMER INTERNATIONAL SOS EXECUTIVES START PLATINUM ASIA ASSISTANCE IN SINGAPORE & JAKARTA, INDONESIA

Platinum Asia Assistance was recently launched by a team of former International SOS executives in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia. Focused on growth markets in South East Asia, the company provides assistance and third party administration services for overseas and domestic insurers, as well as international assistance companies.

14-06-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

International Health Insurance Sales Consultant

Our client AOC Insurance Broker is now recruiting for the position of International Health Insurance Adviser. To apply for this position and others like it please visit the brand new International Health and Medical Insurance Recruitment platform, produced by iPMIM @ http://iprivatemedicalinsurance.com International Health Insurance Sales Consultant Profile: High School Diploma or equivalent. Insurance degree is a plus Bilingual English/French. Fluent in German (or another language) would be very appreciated Basic computer skills including Microsoft...

12-06-2013 IPMI Magazine Breaking News

International Assistance Group expands its medical escort services in the US

International Assistance Group (IAG), a worldwide alliance of assistance companies, recently expanded its coverage of the assistance chain, with a new Partnership that was offered to Rescue Nurse International (RNI), in Colorado. Medical Escort on commercial flights is a valuable solution for non critical patients who need to return home. Medical evacuations and repatriations are not always critical. Some patients need to be brought home with a medical escort, but...

10-06-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

MedCare Professional Renews Advertising Contract With International Private Medical Insurance Magazine

MedCare Professional provides Ground Ambulance and Air Ambulance Services to the International Travel, Medical, Health, Expatriate Insurance and Assistance Marketplace. MCP is a leading medical transportation services provider and offers national and international patient transport. We operate reliably and economically with leading insurance companies, hospitals and groups together, our team has won several awards for its outstanding quality. MedCareProfessional is as the name of the program:...

07-06-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

Exclusive assistance service offer developed just for Desjardins members

To source a medical assistance company or travel assistance company, or to compare private medical insurance for expatriates, please visit the International Private Medical Insurance Company Provider Network Directory, click here. Your name is Carol Smith, but you didn't buy 15 TVs last week. And now you're required to pay them off and your credit has taken a hit. It's definitely identity theft. Or you get sick during your vacation halfway...

03-06-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

Allianz Global Assistance: another year of growth confirms the Group’s position as worldwide leader

Allianz Global Assistance announced its 2012 financial results and confirmed its ambitions for 2015. The Group reported that growth in global turnover was up 9% over 2011, exceeding the proclaimed objective of 2.2 billion Euros (2.238 billion Euros). Turnover 2012: 2.238 billion Euros (+9%); Operating profit: + 20.1%; Combined Ratio: 96%; 12 171 employees in 34 countries; 20 million files treated; 50 million calls; All of the Group’s geographic regions and its three lines of...

03-06-2013 IPMI Magazine Insurance Industry Company Results

Congratulations MedCare Professional Ground Ambulance

  iPMI Magazine is pleased to announce that MedCare Professional are our most popular ground ambulance company. MedCare Professional provides Ground Ambulance and Air Ambulance Services to the International Travel, Medical, Health, Expatriate Insurance and Assistance Marketplace. MCP is a leading medical transportation services provider and offers national and international patient transport. We operate reliably and economically with leading insurance companies, hospitals and groups together, our team has won several awards for its outstanding quality. MedCareProfessional is as the name of the program:...

03-06-2013 IPMI Magazine Breaking News

APRIL and SOS International start up joint assistance platform in China

With a staff of around ten to begin with, this operational platform will be managed and coordinated by two local managing partners who are assistance specialists. This joint venture will enable APRIL and SOS International to complete their international coverage in a geographical region with huge potential. By pooling and referring to this platform assistance services provided in China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia, the two partners are in...

31-05-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

International Medical Group Appoints Todd Hancock Executive Vice President

International Medical Group®, Inc. (IMG®), an Indianapolis-based insurance group, today announced that Todd Hancock joined the company as executive vice president, joining the experienced management team led by R. Brian Barwick , president and CEO. The appointment of Mr. Hancock, a seasoned insurance executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, signals a renewed focus on growth and innovation for the reputable global company. Mr. Hancock will...

31-05-2013 Executive Appointment Insurance News

List Your Air Ambulance Company in the International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Air Ambulance Company Guide and Directory

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine provides insurance, assistance and private companies access to trusted Air Ambulance Company data. You can compare, select and source a air ambulance company in the International Private Medical Insurance Magazine air ambulance company guide and directory. International Private Medical Insurance Magazine works closely with air ambulance owners, operators and brokers with providers and companies from all corners of the earth including Austria, Belgium...

31-05-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

List Your Medical Assistance Company in the International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Medical Assistance Company Guide and Directory

List Your Medical Assistance Company in the International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Medical Assistance Company Guide and Directory International Private Medical Insurance Magazine provides insurance, assistance and private companies access to trusted Medical Assistance Company data. You can compare, select and source a medical assistance company in the International Private Medical Insurance Magazine medical assistance company guide and directory.

31-05-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

GeoBlue Sponsor International Private Medical Insurance Magazine

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine is proud to announce the acquisition of GeoBlue as a sponsor and advertiser. GeoBlue is a leader and innovator serving the needs of world travelers. GeoBlue Expat® and GeoBlue Traveler® group health plans combine unsurpassed service and mobile technology to help you access trusted doctors and hospitals all around the globe.

31-05-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

FAI Air Ambulance Sponsor iPMI Magazine

Leading air ambulance company FAI are proud to announce their sponsorship of international healthcare journal, International Private Medical Insurance Magazine. FAI rent-a-jet AG (dba FAI Flight Ambulance International) was founded in 1986 as a 100%-subsidiary of a private club under the company name of IFA-Flugbetriebs GmbH.

31-05-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade appoints Healix to manage healthcare services for staff working or travelling overseas

Leading international healthcare and medical assistance company, Healix, has secured the contract to provide managed healthcare and medical assistance services for overseas employees of the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

31-05-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

Cigna Foundation Sponsors Philadelphia Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Tour to China

Underscoring its commitment to the health and well-being of the people of China, the Cigna Foundation is the sponsor of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Tour of the People’s Republic of China kicking off May 31 and running through June 9. This tour celebrates the Orchestra’s anniversary of its first China tour in 1973 while signaling the future, as the tour runs concurrently with the Orchestra’s innovative new residency program...

31-05-2013 IPMI Magazine Breaking News

Health insurance available to tourists in Tibet

Tourists in Tibet can buy insurance to cover medical bills for altitude sickness and receive emergency aid services beginning in late May, the Tibet Tourism Bureau and Tibet branch of the China Life Insurance Company Ltd said. The insurance costs 100 yuan ($16.30) and is valid for 15 days. Its benefits include 20,000 yuan compensation for medical bills, and 680,000 yuan in emergency-aid services.

31-05-2013 IPMI Magazine Travel and Tourism Breaking News

AIG Signs Joint Venture Agreement with PICC Life to Form an Agency Distribution Company in China

American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China (“PICC”) and PICC Life Insurance Company Limited (“PICC Life”) have announced that they have entered into a joint venture agreement to form an agency distribution company in China. In December 2012, AIG invested US$500 million as the largest cornerstone investor in the PICC initial public offering.

31-05-2013 Insurance Industry Mergers and Acquisitions News

RacePartner™ Launches Race Registration Insurance With Allianz Global Assistance

Statistics show that about 15% of race participants are out of the race before it begins, often due to illness, injury or some other unforeseen event[1]. With that in mind, Forte Interactive's RacePartner™, a leader in customized race registration, and Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leader in consumer specialty insurance, are partnering to provide event organizers and participants peace of mind by protecting registration fees for both parties with race...

31-05-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

Allianz Global Assistance Selects American Express For Travel Management And Corporate Payments

American Express have announced that it has been selected by Allianz Global Assistance Australia, a global leader in travel insurance and emergency assistance services, to manage its travel and corporate payments programs. American Express Global Business Travel will manage all of Allianz Global Assistance Australia’s travel requirements including its employee business travel, as well as the travel needs of its insurance customers who require medical repatriation.

31-05-2013 Emergency Medical and Travel Assistance News

Hawaiian Airlines Announces Closing of $444,540,000 Aircraft Financing under Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS: HA), have announced the closing of its first-ever offering of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates ("EETC") securing fixed, low-interest financing for the acquisition of six new Airbus A330-200 aircraft delivering over the next 18 months.

31-05-2013 IPMI Magazine Travel and Tourism Breaking News

Bupa to complete acquisition of leading Australian and New Zealand dentistry group

Bupa, the international healthcare group, is set to complete its full acquisition of Dental Corporation, Australia and New Zealand’s largest dental group, comprising 190 clinics and more than 560 dentists. The Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia today approved the deal after the ownership change was overwhelmingly supported by Dental Corporation’s shareholders last week.

31-05-2013 Insurance Industry Mergers and Acquisitions News

Call For Papers: Submit News and Articles to International Private Medical Insurance Magazine

Register a free publisher account to submit contents for publication on iPMIM. Get started today and register. iPMIM assists companies just like yours, syndicate and distribute their news and content. Email ipmi@ipmimagazine.com to get started. We are accepting news from the following sectors of the business: Air Ambulance; Assistance; Brokers and Intermediaries; Cost Containment; Events and Conferences; Expatriate Insurance; Ground Ambulance; Hospitals and Clinics; iPMI; PR & Marketing; Technology; Third Party Administrators; Travel Insurance; How to Submit News: Very simple, email it to ipmi@ipmimagazine.com Attach...

29-05-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate

New Design Coming August 2013 for Leading International Healthcare Platform International Private Medical Insurance Magazine

Bigger, bolder and better are just some of the words our review team are feeding back to us about the brand new iPMI Magazine design. Celebrating 3 years of successful operations August 2013, the new iPMI Magazine design brings us up-to-speed with a fully responsive new design and layout, increased functionality and a host of interactive tools for readers. As a highly specialist industry led media, iPMI Magazine is...

29-05-2013 iPMI Magazine Corporate