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International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate Health and Medical Insurance Digital Media 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, for worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments. Combined with in depth health insurance industry analysis, best-in-class health insurance industry data, and exclusive, C-Suite Executive health insurance interviews and round tables, iPMI Magazine bridges an information gap between healthcare payor, provider and patient. Written by the health and medical insurance industry, for the health and medical insurance industry, iPMIM is supported and designed by leading international medical insurance companies and service providers.

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Lloyd’s, London Market Insurance Companies And DXC Technology Partner To Transform The Technology And Digital Processing That Powers The World’s Largest Insurance Marketplace

Lloyd’s, DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), the Boards of the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), and the IUA (International Underwriting Association) have signed new Heads of Terms which will support the ambition set out in the Future at Lloyd’s Blueprint Two to build the world’s most advanced digital and technology led insurance market place.

The parties confirmed that this new arrangement followed many months of discussion, product development and early solution workshops that will provide accuracy, speed and processing power to the London insurance markets. The new technology and digital processing capabilities will support the ambition to allow a customer to get cover more quickly and support faster claims payments.

This unique agreement, that brings together both the Lloyd’s and insurance company markets in London in a new joint venture agreement with DXC Technology, will deliver both world class technology as well as significantly reducing the processing costs for the market.

"The continuation of our work contributes to the far-reaching transformation of the London insurance market, advancing the market’s ability to service complex risks," said Mike Salvino, president and CEO, DXC Technology. "Our collaboration with Lloyd’s is characteristic of the ‘new DXC’, and our focus on delivering excellence to our customers and our customers’ customers. Drawing upon our capabilities across the Enterprise Technology Stack, we will continue to deliver the right technology to support the London insurance market’s progress towards a growth-driven, digital economy."

John Neal, CEO of Lloyd’s said: "This new agreement demonstrates a clear commitment to achieving our ambition to build the most advanced insurance marketplace in the world under Blueprint Two. DXC has laid strong foundations which will enable us to deliver the infrastructure required to support the digital marketplace of the future and ensure that we get it right first time and at a process speed not previously seen in the market. I am delighted by the progress made so far and look forward to working together with the IUA and LMA to create the digital services that the London market can depend on for years ahead."

Sheila Cameron, CEO of the LMA, said: "Our shared goal is a digital marketplace enabled by a digital back office as its engine room.  Managing Agents look forward to working in partnership with Lloyd’s, DXC and wider London Market to deliver our shared vision over the coming years."

Dave Matcham, CEO of the IUA, said: "The Joint Venture has long provided critical resources and support to the London Market and we are excited to reinforce this commitment to work together. This will enable a vital digital transformation of central processing services."

Now Health International Teams Up With Starr Insurance Companies

Now Health International Group, a leading International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) provider, has announced a new program with Starr Insurance Companies, a leading global insurance company, to drive forward ambitious growth plans in Europe.

This mutually beneficial relationship combines Now Health International’s global presence and expertise in providing high quality international health insurance solutions and state of the art digital tools, including the recently launched Mobile Pass innovation, with Starr’s long-standing global knowledge and ability to deliver customised solutions across Europe through a specialised team of professionals dedicated to offering the best service to its customers.

Under the new agreement, as of 1st March 2021, Starr Insurance Companies will insure all new and renewing business across Europe. Now Health International will continue to administer the international health insurance plans, including claims handling and customer service support. All members will also continue to benefit from access to Now Health International’s award-winning digital tools.

Zahir Sharif, Managing Director, Now Health International said, “At Now Health International we are committed to further building our presence in Europe and have ambitions to expand into new markets across the region. Starr Insurance Companies, with over 100-years of heritage, expertise and existing presence across global markets, is a well-placed partner to help us achieve this goal.”

Now Health International will continue to offer its existing products to members across Europe under the new partnership, including its flagship, benefit-rich WorldCare product, and its more affordable SimpleCare product for those looking for essential health cover. There will be no changes to plan benefits, pricing, or the customer service experience as a result of this arrangement.

The new program replaces Now Health International’s previous relationship with AXA PPP Healthcare. To ensure a smooth transition process for existing members, a runoff period will be deployed until 31st December 2021, seamlessly transitioning members to the new arrangement with Starr Insurance Companies at their next plan renewal.

Michel Faucher, Chief Commercial Officer, Now Health International added, “We are very excited about our new relationship and the opportunities it presents for us in the long term. I also want to reassure our members and partners that there will be complete continuity under the new arrangements, with the same market-leading plans and benefits, high standards of service, and state of the art digital tools our European customer base have come to expect.”

Santiago Mora, Head of International Accident & Health for Starr, said, “We’re excited to be the insurance provider for Now Health International, one of the fastest growing providers of medical insurance solutions for global expatriates.”

Healthcare International (HCI) Announces Management Buyout Backed By Prefequity

Healthcare International (“HCI”), the leading international private medical insurance MGA for expats, is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by its management team led by Ian Wood and backed by Prefequity.

As part of the transaction Prefequity will provide HCI with additional capital to accelerate its growth. This will enable HCI to strengthen its management team further, expand and diversify its product range, and enhance its strategic partnerships with intermediaries and insurers.

This transaction provides a successful exit for the founders, Shane Younger, Christopher Percival and Kieran Linehan, who have retired from the business after 17 years of service.

HCI delivers a range of comprehensive, flexible and competitively priced insurance products for expatriates, globally mobile workers and travelers in over 100 countries worldwide.

HCI aims to provide policyholders and brokers with high-quality policies backed by market-leading service levels including 24-hour, 365-days-a-year assistance, wherever they are in the world.

New Management Team

HCI will be led by CEO Ian Wood, who has been with the Company for 18 months. Ian, a qualified chartered management accountant, has over 30 years’ experience in insurance and broader financial services with a proven track record of delivering both growth and robust governance. Prior to HCI Ian spent 7 years at First Central Insurance as Finance Director and Board Member as it evolved from entrepreneurial start-up to one of the leading independent UK insurers.

Supporting Ian will be Andy Kirby as COO. Andy has 30-years experience in the general insurance sector and has held many senior roles including: Head of Underwriting and Claims (GRE/AXA), Head of Insurance (Virginmoney), Placement Broker (HSBC/Marsh), and Senior Risk & Regulatory Consultant (PwC / Deloitte). Andy has recently been appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Criminal Court in Suffolk, England.

About Prefequity

Prefequity is an independently owned investment firm that provides a blend of debt and equity to support the ambitions of high-quality management teams.

Prefequity has a successful track record of investing in UK-based businesses looking to execute international growth strategies.

Ian Wood, CEO at HCI, said “We are delighted to have secured Prefequity’s backing for our growth plans. This will enable us to bring new and improved products to the market to deliver even better value and service for our policyholders. We look forward to announcing further details in the near future.”

Johnny Carew Pole, Partner at Prefequity, said “We have been impressed with the resilience and flexibility of HCI in the face of the pandemic. HCI is assembling a highly experienced and proven leadership team to drive the business forward and deliver a market-leading insurance service for expats. Ian has done a fantastic job to date and we are delighted to be backing him to execute the next phase in HCI’s journey.”

QHM (Quality Health Management) Partners With MORE Health To Offer Global Access To Medical Second Opinions

A collaboration between QHM - Quality Health Management, a global medical cost containment leader, and MORE Health, an expert medical second opinion and collaborative diagnosis service, now offers an advanced second medical opinion (SMO) solution for client companies of QHM.

Today, clients of QHM will have easy access to a world-leading second opinion service when making decisions regarding serious life-changing illnesses. Upon client activation, QHM virtually connects the patient's attending doctor with a MORE Health Physician Specialist to jointly develop a comprehensive collaborative diagnosis together with the optimum treatment plan via MORE Health’s outstanding panel of subject matter physician experts in leading centers of excellence around the globe.

"Through this expert collaboration, QHM is pleased to expand its offering with an innovative next-generation second opinion medical opinion solution for its many clients globally," said Sven Thorslund, Quality Health Management’s Sales Director.

"As a care-conscious innovator, MORE Health offers a technology-driven collaborative approach to diagnosis and delivers the most effective treatment plan possible," adds MORE Health's Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Pam Frank. "Patients value understanding their options, payors appreciate more clarity, and medical experts at centers of excellence favor our leading-edge imaging and technologies. Our global mindset and culture of caring align very well with QHM to bring cross-border health management to new levels."

"The MORE Health service ensures that patients have the correct diagnosis, minimizing any chance of error, and allows them to understand the best possible treatment options before making a decision on the best path forward. This service provides much needed peace of mind for patients and the inclusion of these benefits represents significant added value, savings, and differentiation for health plans, reinsurers and other stakeholders, Thorslund further commented.

Watch a quick QHM video highlighting the many advantages of second medical opinions.

About QHM International

Headquartered in Miami, FL, QHM - Quality Health Management (QHM) is a medical cost containment company offering specialized services to global healthcare insurers, reinsurers, and governments. QHM has been guiding the global needs of clients, payers and patients with PPO, administrative, and specialty services since 2000. With exceptional experience and expertise in managing the access, quality, and costs of global healthcare, QHM helps protect clients’ bottom line and customer experience through effective and flexible boutiques style solutions for savings and service. For more information, please visit www.qhmanagement.com.

About MORE Health

MORE Health, a global digital health company, provides peace of mind and confidence to patients when they need it most—when facing a serious life-changing illness. Delivering second medical opinions virtually, MORE Health delivers a diagnosis and recommended treatment plan from the world’s best medical minds. Offering all the benefits of a second opinion, the service ensures that the attending doctor and the expert physician specialist are aligned through their proprietary, GDPRHIPPA-compliant Physician Collaboration Platform™. Since 2013, MORE Health has helped patients on six continents and continues its mission to provide clients and their members access to the best medical minds in the world—when they need it most. To learn more, visit www.morehealth.com.

Introducing: “VIP Booking Concierge” For Pre-Flight Covid-19 Testing In The Americas

MDabroad, a VIP Medical Assistance Company announces the availability of “The Booking Concierge” for Pre-Flight Covid-19 testing in the USA, Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The service is geared toward travelers who must obtain a mandatory Covid-19 clearance prior to boarding their flight. The service is available throughout key cities and travel markets in LATAM and the Caribbean.

Travelers can book the service 24/7 via: www.mdabroad.com/PCR by filling out a simple form, and the MDabroad VIP Booking Concierge will notify them within an hour via secure, confidential communication about the time and location of their pre-flight appointment. The test result will be delivered directly to the patient’s smartphone and is accepted by all airlines. The fee for the concierge service is $25.00.

“Today, proof of a negative Covid-19 screening test is a universal prerequisite for travel” said Scott J. Rosen, President and CEO of MDabroad. “Our service ensures hassle-free access to a licensed lab in an environment that is rather challenging for the traveler to navigate on their own ” added Rosen.

“MDabroad’s robust network of high-quality medical providers ensures that travelers receive real tests in a region that is rife with counterfeit testing” said Dr. Giambini, Medical Director of MDabroad.

Cost of the PCR or Antigen, testing is paid directly by the traveler to the service provider at the time service is rendered. The cost varies from country to country, ranging from zero-cost in some locations in Mexico, to upwards of $400.00 for concierge PCR Testing service in the traveler’s hotel room (where available in Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic).

To book an appointment: www.MDabroad.com/PCR

About MDabroad:

MDabroad® is part of the MD Group of companies. Headquartered in Aventura Florida, the MD Group delivers Integrated Policy Support Services to Travel Medical Insurers, International Medical Insurers and Affinity Insurers. The MD Group covers the Americas, with an emphasis on Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The company’s core offerings consist of VIP Assistance, expert TPA service for medical claims management, medical case management, and cashless access to the largest proprietary medical network in the LATAM region. MD Capital®, a related company, offers claims financing to international insurers and hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.MDabroad.com and our regional newsletter: www.MDamericas.com

 

Global Excel Indonesia Launches Hospital Express Discharge Program

Global Excel Management Inc, Jakarta, Indonesia – Global Excel Indonesia, a leading provider of Healthcare Risk Management Solutions, today announced the launch of its Hospital Express Discharge Program available in Indonesia and across the region.

This unique offering has been designed to drastically reduce wait times in hospitals for members. On average, most hospital stays in Indonesia last 3 to 5 days. Yet once the patient is ready to be discharged, it can take 4 to 8 hours, almost a full day before they can leave the hospital. While administrative tasks are fulfilled by experienced Global Excel Indonesia team members, patients can easily prepare their return, avoiding the typically stressful administrative process. In addition, coverage confirmation, bill management and further medical or other tasks are automatically processed and managed by our system and experienced team members.

‘‘Our aim is to ensure we bring peace of mind to the patient and their family members as well as the hospitals and insurers. At Global Excel Indonesia, we believe that each client is unique, as are their needs, but they all have one thing in common: high expectations. With our new Hospital Express Discharge Program, we make it easy for members to get back home quickly, reducing their stress, especially during this global health crisis.’’, said Steven Om, Director of Global Excel Indonesia.

The Express Discharge Program is offered across Indonesia and is arousing considerable interest amongst hospitals in the region. It seamlessly ensures that claims are processed efficiently, while automatically providing billing and coverage information. Any further medical or coverage details are processed by Global Excel Indonesia.

About Global Excel Indonesia

Global Excel Management’s vision is to transform and simplify access to quality healthcare through transparent assistance and claims management services. As a leader in cost containment and assistance services, we process over 1.9B USD in claims annually for 366 clients in over 90 countries worldwide.

As a global company, we focus on cultivating trustworthy, long-term business relationships over short-term profit opportunities. We strive to fully understand each client’s needs, so we can tailor our solutions to their problems, help them increase efficiency and improve their bottom lines.

For more information about Global Excel Indonesia, visit www.globalexcel.co.id

 

FREE WEBINAR 18th June 2021: Transforming The Transaction In The International Private Medical Insurance Market

Panel of industry experts will be tasked to define the future shape of IPMI

David Eline, founder of Health Compass, will facilitate the discussion and examine how the role of the intermediary will change in this exciting and growing market.

Transforming the Transaction in the IPMI market

Webinar, 18 June, 2PM London time
Click here to register to attend (recording available)

Featuring Panel of leading IPMI insurers and distributors:

  • Lourdes Peters, CEO of World of America
  • Amy MacKay, Director of Sales and Commercial Effectiveness at Cigna Europe
  • Alistair Dickman, Group Head Of Business Development at April International Care
  • Trevor Keidan, Managing Director of Infinity Financial Solutions
  • Rami Rosengarten, VP of Global Business Development & Distribution Channels at PassportCard – DavidShield Group
  • David T. Youssef, Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Asia, VUMI

For David Eline the timing of the webinar could not be better.

“The event is very much from an international perspective,” he explains. “Both our clients and our solutions are international so it makes sense that the event will look at the future of the sector across the world. The dynamic nature of the global workforce means IPMI has increased in importance, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The key themes for the webinar, which will be held on Friday 18 June at 2.00pm London time, will focus on managing the customer and transacting business in the IPMI industry of the future.

The role of the intermediary is sure to change in the coming ten years,” David explains. “To gain an insight into the future, we have to understand how the role of the intermediary has changed over the last 10 years from the perspective of both the insurer and intermediary. We’ll be looking to get a real insight from our panellists in terms of what they see as the main changes over that period.”

“We will also delve a little deeper into the panel’s views and examine whether they can provide an indication of how the market will evolve in the next decade.”

He adds that, without doubt, the way intermediaries transact business will change in the coming decade.

“The biggest danger with any webinar is that you pre-empt the conversation,” says David. “However, I do not think that we will be able to look to the shape of the future industry without touching on how technology will change the way business is transacted and how the client will demand their product be delivered. We will look to provide a fairly detailed assessment of the impact that technology will have on the industry. However, there is a lot more to the debate and I am sure our panellists will provide a great deal of food for thought.”

“I think one of the most interesting areas we will look to explore is how insurers plan to help their intermediaries manage the changing nature of the industry, and how they plan to support their intermediary partners’ businesses,” he explains. “There are two sides to any transaction so I am keen to see what they think insurers can do to help.”

David hopes that the webinar will look to highlight those in the market who are already making strides to identify and mitigate future operational risk.

“We will certainly explore what the successful intermediaries are doing and what makes them stand out from their peers. It is sure to be one of the key areas of interest for many intermediaries who will be keen to learn how they can adapt and prosper.”

On the webinar itself David says it will be in English and he is hoping for a sizable virtual attendance with interest already from firms and individuals across the world.

“We have been busy building a first class panel for the event,” he adds. “We believe that we have a group of industry leaders who will provide some fascinating insights on the future shape of the industry.

“The webinar will be streamed live for attendees, and a recording available for those who cannot join in the discussion in real time.”

Sign up today to register for the webinar:

https://bnionline.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j-SZ7oHKRCWClvulHTQ-sA

Transforming the Transaction in the IPMI market

Webinar, 18 June, 2PM London time, Recording available.

What Is Happening To Migrant Workers? You May Be Surprised

Ian Youngman, author of the IPMI market leading report, International Health Insurance 2021, reads the 148 page LABOUR MIGRATION IN ASIA: IMPACTS OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS AND THE POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE report from the OECD, so you do not have to.

The report is full of figures but far more useful are the comments and trends. I will pick out a few pointers that jumped out and attempt to interpret them.

PAST and PRESENT

With the spread of the pandemic, a number of factors combined to reduce deployment of labour migrants in Asia. Asian countries introduced visa issuance and border restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic. Some Asian countries suspended deployment to destinations affected by the pandemic. Business closures and slowdowns led to reduced demand. Commercial flight schedules limited opportunities to travel even when other restrictions were not in place.

Most destination countries have been slow to reopen so this continued well into 2021.

RELATED READING: International Health Insurance (IPMI) 2021

The main form of migration from Asian countries is temporary labour migration, usually directed to non-OECD countries. In 2019 the flow of workers for employment abroad reached 4. 9 million. The main driver behind a rebound in 2019 was a sharp increase in the flows between South Asia and Saudi Arabia.

The Philippines remains the top Asian origin country of overseas workers. In 2019, more than 1.5 million OFWs were deployed.

Bangladesh is the second main country of origin with 700,000. 2017. Pakistan was third in 2019, following a sharp increase in the number of registered workers for overseas (+63%) compared to 2018. India also saw an increase in worker emigration (+8%) but the total reached in 2019 (370,000) remains low compared to the levels observed in the past 10 years. Outflows from Viet Nam have steadily increased since 2012, by around 10,000 per year, and stood just above 150,000 in 2019. Viet Nam is now confirmed as one of the top origin countries.

The number of Asian temporary migrants going to Japan and the Republic of Korea, the two Asian countries belonging to the OECD, has been increasing sharply in recent years.

Few think of Japan or Korea as destinations for expats.

Highly skilled migrants coming to OECD countries have increasingly come from Asian origin countries. Indian nationals dominate the United States, the main temporary permit for skilled migrant workers,

Few think of the USA as an expat destination needing IPMI.

The myth that educated Westerners become expats while only poorly educated Asians are temporary workers ignores the massive educational advances in Asia, Africa, and China. Some companies need to amend their literature and marketing messages.

One of the main components of international migration is for study. The number of international students in the world increased by 4% in 2018 and reached 5.6 million. Among them, 2.9 million were Asian, which represents another rise of Asia’s share as a region of origin, to 52%. Asia has also gained share as a region of destination in recent years; in 2018, its 800,000 international students enrolled comprised 14% of the global total. China is the top Asian destination and expands its lead in the region every year. In 2019, more than 260,000 students were enrolled in the PRC’s tertiary education institutions. Japan is the other major Asian destination country and also sees a steadily growing number of international students (183,000 in 2018). Further behind, the Republic of Korea follows with 85,000 international students in 2018 (+20%). Malaysia ranks fourth and is the only major country to see a decline. In 2019, Malaysia hosted only 82,000 international students, compared to 124,000 in 2016. In Singapore and in India, enrollments are stable at around 50,000 international students.

Asia has always been the main region of origin of international students in OECD countries. The number of Asian students enrolled in OECD universities jumped 8% in 2018 to approach 2 million, more than half of total enrollment.

Too few IPMI providers have student policies, rather than offering standard IPMI ones. The market is often left to specialists. There is an assumption that is European or American students going within Europe or Asians to Europe. Few think of the destinations above. Why not a rolling monthly student policy for the duration of their course with options to continue if they stay in the country to work?

FUTURE

Short-term policy changes and longer-term structural shifts in demographics and the nature of work were already forcing planners to consider how to prepare for new challenges. Medium and longer-term factors will help shape labour migration in Asia in the next 15 years. Underlying trends could reshape the map—some of these are certain, while others are less sure.

From 2022 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, the main destination of labour migrants, may see slack demand. The limited reserve of skills in the GCC countries means that nationalisation of the labour market will likely only affect a part of deployment; these countries cannot wean themselves from their reliance on migrant workers in the short term.

But political pressure to give good jobs to locals and only keep the scud jobs for worker migrants is heavy in some countries. There are too many global IPMI providers in the Gulf region so static or reduced demand and squeeze on price will hit those that do not offer cover to locals hardest.

The picture for EU countries presents a mixed situation. Lower demand post-pandemic in EU OECD countries could limit migration opportunities for Asian migrants. But more proactive recruitment of international students and highly qualified workers could lead to an uptick in flows from Asia, particularly to European countries with an ageing and declining population that need temporary or permanent immigrants to work.

China is actively pursuing a transformation from an export-oriented, low skilled, and labour- intensive economy to a science, technology, and innovation-based economy, a transition that demands highly skilled workers. To this end, the government is introducing specific schemes and policies to attract educated and skilled international migrants, as well as PRC professionals working overseas. In 2018, the PRC introduced a new visa category for foreign talent to support the PRC’s proactive research and development strategy.

China has become a major destination for international students. It has multiplied the number of scholarships for international students as well.

Singapore is another non-OECD country attracting qualified foreign talent. In addition to creating special work visa categories targeting researchers and scholars, a government agency facilitates outreach to skilled foreigners and potential Singaporean returnees including students, highly skilled professionals and workers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

By 2035, the PRC and other non-OECD countries in Asia may become magnets for top global talent, inducing talent to move, stay and raise families, attracted by the quality of life, better economic prospects and salaries compared to OECD countries. As the competition for talent gets tougher, OECD countries may find it increasingly difficult to attract or retain skilled workers, while remaining reliant on immigrants to supplement their labour force in the face of aging populations.

Many companies are targeting China, fewer target Singapore, but how are they covering this new generation that moves there as expats but never goes home?

YOU CAN WORK ANYWHERE

Digitisation and the increasing cross-border movement of data and information facilitate new forms of the global division of labour and migration in which work is independent of any requirement to be in a specific physical location.

Virtual migration is a particularly growing phenomenon as online and remote work platforms are enabling people to perform work for overseas employers under the legal, temporal, and cultural frameworks of destination countries without having to move country.

Another growing phenomenon arising from technological advances, digital infrastructure developments, and new employment models is digital nomadism—a novel mode of lifestyle-centric and location-independent labour migration in which workers (digital nomads) combine online labour and potential mobility to maintain a lifestyle of permanent travel, working remotely in cultural and nature hotspots around the world. Asian countries, and especially Southeast Asian countries (e.g., Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Singapore) tend to be among the most popular destinations for digital nomads.

Some countries have introduced remote work, freelance, or digital nomad visas (or some extensions in their existing types of visa to accommodate remote workers), including Australia, Georgia, and Thailand in Asia and the Pacific; Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, Norway, and Estonia in Europe; and Costa Rica and Mexico in Latin America.

This produces a new type of expat- one who is from Country A, works for a company in Country B but lives as a digital nomad in Country C. Most countries encouraging digital nomads demand that they have international health insurance while others demand they join the state health insurance scheme. So there is a demand for top up as well as standard IPMI.

As digital nomads develop from to include individuals working for a corporation in a third country insurers will have to change their thoughts and wording on local care, repatriation and cross-border care.

RELATED READING: International Health Insurance (IPMI) 2021

 

King Edward VII’s Hospital Launches Expert Gynaecological Diagnostics Service

Independent charitable hospital King Edward VII’s has launched a new fully integrated, high quality Gynaecological Diagnostic Centre offering top class screening, diagnostic and interventional services to women.

The new Centre offers a comprehensive one-stop service designed not only for routine screening and regular check-ups but also for diagnosing a wide range of gynaecological abnormalities. It covers conditions across the entire spectrum of women’s health from pelvic pain, menstrual problems, fertility issues and early pregnancy complications, to rapid access services for women with suspected endometrial and ovarian cancer.

The team of consultants is led by Professor Davor Jurkovic, who is an internationally recognised expert in gynaecological diagnosis and early pregnancy. The team use the most advanced and innovative diagnostic algorithms and leading ultrasound equipment to diagnose the most challenging conditions such as pelvic endometriosis and non-invasive characterisation of ovarian cysts. All consultants in the team are highly skilled clinicians who run gynaecological, early pregnancy and rapid access clinic in several leading London teaching hospitals.

Coupled with clinical consultations and minor procedures, this integrated approach allows personalised care tailored to each woman’s needs. With a large, multidisciplinary group of experts, women can be assessed, provided with a diagnosis and management plan all in one visit

This means that patients benefit from a significantly faster diagnostic process without delays or unnecessary repetition of tests, and with a much smoother transition at every step. With dedicated navigators and clinical nurse specialists, patients at the hospital will be supported through every step of their journey.

The Centre adds to King Edward VII’s suite of highly advanced women’s health services including a specialist centre for severe endometriosis and gynaecologic oncology, as well as a dedicated Breast Health Centre, which offers triple assessment breast screening, reconstructive and oncoplastic breast surgery.

Professor Davor Jurkovic said: “The aim of the Centre is to provide women with a user-friendly service that offers immediate diagnosis and an individualised management plan in a single visit without the need for additional blood tests, imaging such as MRI or diagnostic surgical procedures. We are able to do that using ultrasound which is a safe, non-invasive and painless diagnostic test. The quality of ultrasound diagnosis is dependent on the skill and experience of the operators and all of our consultants are experts in gynaecological ultrasound, a key factor in achieving such a high level of diagnostic accuracy. The ability to reach definite diagnosis and formulate a management plan in a single visit minimises discomfort and costs and enables women to resume their regular social and professional activities without delay.”

Clinical director of women’s health Professor Christina Fotopoulou said: “King Edward VII’s Hospital offers a specialised environment for women to be taken care of by a team of internationally renowned experts. Our team is committed to making each woman’s journey specifically adapted and tailored to her needs whilst ensuring she feels safe and informed. Our integrated diagnostic centre can help women start their journey to treatment and recovery no matter how challenging or rare the condition is.”

Healix International Announces Management Changes

Healix International has announced the appointment of Mike Webb as Chairman of Healix International. Taking over Mike Webb’s role is Charlie Butcher, currently Commercial Director of the business, who has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

By becoming Chairman, Mike Webb, who has been Healix International’s CEO for four years, will continue to be actively involved in the company’s ongoing activity. Under his leadership, Healix International has significantly improved its financial performance as well as growing its range of products and services and has seen a very strong commercial performance despite the challenges of Covid, with the Company consistently driving innovation and fostering a customer centric culture.

Charlie Butcher becomes CEO of Healix International from June 2021. Charlie joined the Company in 2006 as Finance Director and was promoted to Commercial Director in 2019. Over the last two years he has achieved considerable sales success in Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific. 

“I am very much looking forward to this exciting new role, building on my extensive experience of the Healix International business over the last 15 years”, said Charlie Butcher.  “More than ever, companies are looking for the safest and most effective ways to get their employees working abroad again. It falls under a company’s duty of care to ensure the personnel they send abroad receive the best possible support measures to enable this to happen.

“Local security and medical facilities can vary dramatically across borders, and employers need to know their workforce has a support network in place. That is where Healix International comes in. Healix medical and security teams work closely together to deliver an integrated risk management and assistance operation, helping to fulfil employers’ duty of care responsibilities.

“I look forward to continuing to oversee the onward commercial success of Healix and working closely with Mike Webb and the Executive Board and feel very confident that we have the right team in place to achieve on-going success.”

Mike Webb added: “I am very proud of the part I have played as a member of the team that has enabled Healix International to deliver profitable growth and be seen as one of the most successful medical and security risk management companies. Healix is a great business that has a proven track record for delivering high quality services to many blue chip companies and government organisations.  I look forward to working with Charlie and the rest of the Executive Board in my new role as Chairman, building on great foundations.”

“We would like to thank Mike for his strong leadership and contribution to the success of Healix International” said Peter Mason, Founder.  “As for Charlie, he brings talent, commitment, vision and years of solid experience to the job. I wish them both much success in their respective future roles and challenges.”

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