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Introducing MediHelp International

When it comes to international private medical and health insurance, you can count on MediHelp International. 

For over 15 years, MediHelp International has been the leading provider of private international health insurance in Central and Eastern Europe. With representatives in Romania, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria, MediHelp successfully combines international health insurance with international healthcare, for the benefit of its clients.

Advantages of MediHelp Individual plans

  • International coverage, top medical services worldwide
  • The freedom to choose the specialist doctor and the clinic where you want to be treated
  • An insurance for both individuals and companies
  • Flexible payment system; payment can be made monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually
  • Dedicated customer relations department, which provides the desired information in the shortest time

Advantages of MediHelp Business plans

  • Routine medical care
  • Complex operations
  • Advanced imaging services
  • Hospitalization and day treatment
  • Dental treatment in case of accident
  • Cancer treatment
  • Organ transplant
  • Land and air ambulance
  • Evacuation and repatriation

Other rules and benefits

The plans for the Companies are deductible up to 400 Euro / year, both for the employer and for the employee. With many years of experience in the field of health insurance, MediHelp International can provide the right health plan based on the requirements and budget of your company. Discounts can be applied depending on the number of employees.r

Coverage of pre-existing medical conditions (MHD) may apply to the Company Plan. If 20 or more employees are included in the plan and this method of medical subscription is chosen, the pre-existing medical conditions are insured.

For more information, please contact us at: Phone +40 21 222 0593 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (LV, 09.00 am - 05.30 pm).

Website: https://www.medihelp.ro

 

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Morneau Shepell Partners With Europe-Based LAMP

Morneau Shepell, a leading global provider of employee assistance programs, is pleased to announce its new partnership with LAMP, a specialist insurance group, focusing on international healthcare in niche markets around the globe. This multi-year partnership will initially provide support to expatriates covered under Integra Global Health Plans worldwide, which LAMP underwrites.

With the support of Morneau Shepell's worldwide network, Integra Global will provide access for its members to culturally relevant counselling, and provide workers and their families who are living abroad with emotional and inter-cultural support in their new place of employment. "We are very excited to partner with LAMP to provide this important part of employee assistance to expatriate workers covered with Integra Global Health Plans," said Richard Albert, Vice President, International, with Morneau Shepell. "We understand that moving, especially to another country, can be difficult, and we believe this service will mitigate many of the challenges facing workers and their families," added Albert.

"We feel quite strongly about providing specialized health plans to organizations and workers with unique needs," explained Philip Catterton, Managing Director of Integra Gobal. "Given the special circumstances of expatriates, providing quality cultural and language support in times of crises is paramount to our partnership and our value-add to the service Morneau Shepell clients will receive around the world."

Integra Global provides a variety of choice for Individual & Family Plans as well as Group Plans. The true benefit of the partnership and for expatriate workers comes in the form of personalized and customized service that allows for a seamless integration of benefits in what can be an otherwise difficult experience.

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Critical Considerations When Designing International Private Medical Health Insurance Plans

Introducing a business into new emerging markets is the response from worldwide business owners to the pre-eminent 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 international assignments with predictions that global corporate travel and international assignments will increase 50% by 2020.

In the most recent exclusive iPMI Magazine Medical Insurance Round Table, we spoke with leading C-Level Executives at ALC Health, Cigna Global Individual Private Medical Insurance, GeoBlue and Globality Health, about the importance of individual iPMI and how to best approach plan design.

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Skyservice Air Ambulance joins International Assistance Group as Preferred Provider

International Assistance Group has significantly grown its network of independent assistance companies after they launched a Partnership Program in 2012. Companies from all over the world rely on International Assistance Group’s experience and expertise, this is why Skyservice Air Ambulance, a leader in the Canadian market joined the network as Preferred Provider in Canada.

International Assistance Group (IAG), with its unique business proposition of “Local Partners, Global Solutions”, counts today with 64 Partners around the world, which are accredited as per three levels, Core Partners, Assistance Partners and Preferred Providers. Skyservice Air Ambulance has been in business for over 25 years, based in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company operates a fleet of three Learjet 45XR’s all of these aircraft are equipped with dual Lifeport stretcher systems and have the capabilities to transport two patients comfortably aboard the aircraft.

“Skyservice Air Ambulance has been one of the oldest providers of International Assistance Group. With their inclusion into the IAG network of Air Ambulance Preferred Providers, our company will benefit from the knowledge and experience of that long established company well-recognized in the industry”, mentioned Cécile Hermetz, General Manager of International Assistance Group.

Since inception in 1989, Skyservice Air Ambulance has successfully transported patients to over 180 countries and continents worldwide. This includes safely transported incident and accident free to approximately 26,000 patients. The company is accredited by EURAMI for Intercontinental Fixed Wing Operations with medical endorsements for Adult and Pediatric Critical Care and licensed by the states of Florida and Nevada EMS. The air ambulance company is ready to respond and transport patients who fall ill in the US to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

The new IAG Preferred Provider is able to transport patients to 190 countries around the globe. The company’s capabilities include adult, neonatal, and pediatrics. They maintain specialty teams from their university medical centre for transports involving inter aortic balloon pump and ECMO patients. As an example, in the past year, Skyservice Air Ambulance transported a pediatric patient on ECMO for a long distance from Japan to the USA. Skyservice Air Ambulance is a pioneer in the field of wing to wing critical care transport with its latest trip from South Africa with a South African provider. The transfer of care took place in the Canary Islands with the patient transferred to the United States. These trips can only be accomplished with acute attention to detail and proper patient transfer procedures to insure maximum success with managed liability for all parties involved.

“We are pleased to be joining the International Assistance Group as a Preferred Provider and we look forward to servicing the air medical transport needs of all IAG Partners worldwide”, expressed David Ewing, Senior Vice President, Global Markets at Skyservice Air Ambulance.

Committed to education and research, Skyservice is affiliated with McGill University Health Care, thus their team is composed of passionate and highly skilled professionals. It is with pride that they live and work every day by their Guiding Principles: Safety, Transparency, Efficiency, Commitment, Values, and Leadership. Skyservice Air Ambulance counts with the following on board medical equipment: cardiac monitoring, defibrillator, pacing, full resuscitation capabilities, in flight laboratory monitoring, multiple medications, IV Drips, nutritional support, oxygen and ventilator management, physician and RN lead care teams supported by highly trained respiratory therapists.

To better service their customers’ needs, the air ambulance recently launched a new website and added some innovative features to it, such as live chat 24/7/365 directly from the site, the abilities to obtain a login and have immediate access to all required insurance certificates, operating certificates, equipment listings and current licenses and accreditations.

About Skyservice Air Ambulance

Skyservice Air Ambulance is a privately held Canadian corporation based in Montreal, Quebec and regulated under Canadian law. Skyservice Air Ambulance was established in 1989 and has become the provider of choice for discerning travel health insurers, assistance companies, underwriters, university medical centres, governments, embassies and private individuals. Skyservice Air Ambulance is a university medical centre based programme affiliated with the McGill University Health Centre with extensive experience in acute adult, neonatal and pediatric care. Skyservice Air Ambulance’s owned aircraft fleet is operated by Skyservice Business Aviation under exclusive contract. 

More: http://skyserviceairambulance.com

About International Assistance Group

International Assistance Group is a limited incorporated company in Paris (France) regulated under the French law and owned by its Partners. This worldwide commercial alliance of independent companies spanning all the links in the assistance value chain was formed in 1992 by five European companies with the aim of helping each other offer quality assistance. The group’s success has attracted accredited companies around the world and it now boasts 64 Partners and Preferred Providers and a turnover of over €1.3 billion. More than 6,700 employees take care of 138 million end users. In 2013, International Assistance Group® handled over 6.0 million cases and 37,000 repatriations.

More: http://www.international-assistance-group.com

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Which Geographic Markets And Industries Represent A Core Focus For Insurers?

Which Geographic Markets And Industries Represent A Core Focus For Insurers?

We will continue to see expansion in the high-tech, medical and educational markets. We are keeping an eye on the U.S. regulatory environment, which may eshape the domestic health insurance market over the next few years. A recent study projects that because of healthcare reform, 30% of U.S. employers are going to drop group health coverage in the years following 2014 when the Affordable Care Act takes effect. http://www.mckinsey.com/en/Features/US_employer_healthcare_survey.aspx

That sets the stage for the individual market to expand, and we will be there to serve the needs of individual expatriates. Geographically speaking, HTH will continue to partner and provide services in other global territories. Through our GeoBlue programs, we expect to have a significant expansion in blue cross and blue shield branded programs in other opportunistic markets.

Angelo Masciantonio CEO HTH Worldwide

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Online Claims Submission Now Available For International Business Travelers Covered by Cigna

Online Claims Submission Now Available For International Business Travelers Covered by Cigna

International business travelers covered under a Medical Benefits Abroad® (MBA) plan from Cigna Global Health Benefits, a division of Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI), now have the option to submit their claims online directly through CignaEnvoy.com. The new feature also provides access to an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment method called ePayment Plus, which adds another electronic option for customers to receive reimbursement from submitted claims.

When traveling on international business, it’s important that customers have access to quality health care when they need it. The Cigna MBA plan provides medical coverage for unexpected illness and injuries that occur while traveling on international business outside of a customer’s home or permanent assignment country. Any MBA customer who is a registered Cigna Envoy user can file an online claim through a few simple steps. “More and more, customers are going online to learn about products and services, including their health care coverage,” said Sheldon Kenton, director of Cigna's Global Sales and Client Management.

“Having the ability to submit a claim quickly, securely and at any time during the day is an absolute necessity for our MBA customers. We want to make it easy to do business with us, and this is just another way we do that.”

Four different plan designs offer the flexibility to choose the appropriate level of coverage. In addition to medical, Cigna MBA plans may offer coverage for prescription drugs and replacement medication for lost prescriptions that are medically necessary, dental emergencies, medical evacuation, and other benefits. MBA customers can use Cigna Envoy to file online claims and to access other helpful information including country-specific health resources, a list of pre-screened doctors and hospitals that bill Cigna directly, as well as currency and exchange rate information, security alerts and immunization requirements.

For more information, please visit www.CignaGlobalHealth.com or call 1.800.796.1156.

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Travel Advice Côte d'Ivoire

Travel Advice Côte d'Ivoire

Latest update: Summary and Safety and security, Crime section - reports of westerners being robbed at gunpoint on the main road from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to parts of the country.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the western regions of Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra. There have been a number of shootings around Abidjan since August 2012. Attacks happen mainly at night and the targets have usually been the police and military. Further incidents can’t be ruled out. Violent crime can occur at any time.

Be particularly vigilant and take care when travelling by road, especially at night. There is a general threat from terrorism.

Following French military intervention in Mali, there is a possibility of retaliatory attacks targeting Western interests in the region.

You should be vigilant. Cases of meningitis have been detected in northern and central regions of Côte d’Ivoire. The affected districts are Boundiali, Bouna, Ferke, Korhogo, Seguela and Tengrela in the North and Bandama Valley region in the central part of the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other international health agencies are supporting local authorities to control the spread of the disease. Yellow fever, cholera, and measles cases have been reported in the Abidjan area since the start of 2011. Falciparum malaria is also endemic. You should register with our Embassy and warden network in Abidjan.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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Healthcare Insurance & Group Risk Protection 5th June 2013 The Charing Cross Hotel, London, UK

Health Insurance and Group Risk Protection, created by the sister company of HI Magazine, is the industry's first independently researched conference looking at the latest issues driving the PMI market. This event is targeted at leading Employee Benefit Consultancies, Brokers, Intermediaries and IFAs and provides practical information to help drive forward your business and improve yourself professionally.

About Informa Life Sciences

Informa Life Sciences lead the market in providing quality, expert-led conferences; delivering the expert knowledge our clients need to excel in their professional roles and guaranteeing a competitive advantage for their organisations. Our diverse portfolio covers the Pharmaceutical (Drug Discovery, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Biopharmaceutical, Generics and Business Strategy), Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Fine Chemicals and Agrochemicals and Veterinary Medicine arenas.

Discover more information at http://www.informa-ls.com

About Health Insurance Magazine

Health Insurance is a magazine for professional intermediaries who are involved in selling health insurance and protection products to both individuals and companies. By reading regular copies you will benefit from frequent coverage of developments in all health insurance product areas - including private medical insurance, long term care, critical illness, income protection, employee benefits and business protection - which means that you can offer objective advice to your clients across the broadest possible product base. Each month you will benefit from probing articles that cover all aspects of your daily work - from improving your product and portfolio knowledge and advising you on market developments and trends to identifying new business opportunities. You will be told of key events in the news that affect your profession and will benefit from in-depth features, which provide an objective and no-holds-barred examination of the issues that affect you. Comprising a readership of independent financial advisers, specialist health insurance intermediaries and insurance brokers, Health Insurance is your key to offering a better service and to developing the profitability of your business. Health Insurance is sent free to qualifying individuals, click here to register for your free copy.

Visit http://www.hi-mag.com

About iPMI Magazine

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate Private Medical Insurance online platform serving expatriate, corporate, health and travel insurance markets. Due to the nomadic nature of the international healthcare industry iPMI Magazine is an internet based news service or worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments.

Log on to http://www.ipmimagazine.com

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Totally Expat London, Business Design Centre, Islington, May 20th 2013

Meet International Private Medical Insurance Magazine at Totally Expat London, Business Design Centre, Islington, May 20th 2013.

The London Totally Expat Show is now Europe’s largest ever global mobility conference and exhibition with over 100 exhibitors, 30 technical sessions running throughout the day and over 1000 attendees. It takes place on 20 May at the Business Design Centre, Islington and is the must-attend event of the year for all European based global mobility professionals.

As with all our events, in-house HR/global mobility professionals attend free so book your place now to gain the contacts, knowledge and information you need to make every assignment productive and cost-effective! Our best-ever conference will include insightful, practical sessions covering the key issues in global mobility now.

Read iPMI Magazine's report on last years Totally Expat Show, which we also supported as a media partner and exhibitor. 

Visit http://totallyexpat.com to book your tickets today.

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