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iPMI Magazine IPMI Provider Network Directory Company Guide May 2017 Featured

iPMI Magazine IPMI Provider Network Directory Company Guide May 2017

Buying international private medical insurance is a complex decision and finding the right insurer is crucial. That is why iPMI Magazine helps you ensure providers in our directory are all brands we are proud to represent. For more info on any IPMI plan or provider please contact us.

In a foreign country simple things like shopping can be a chore due to language and cultural barriers. Do not risk your life and health - you will need an international private medical health insurance plan that covers all eventualities. 

Featuring Aetna International, Bellwood Prestbury, Cigna Global IPMI, DavidShield, Generali Global Health, GeoBlue, Globality Health, Healthcare International, Integra Global, Pacific Cross International and Wellaway.

The Advantages Of International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI)

Choosing the right international private medical and health insurance coverage plan is critical for expatriates, offshore workers, tourists and business travellers. If you're live, travel or work abroad then you will need the best access to private medical facilities and international medical insurance all year around. iPMI Magazine represents an eclectic mix and has a choice of specialist international private medical, health, expatriate and travel insurance companies allowing you to compare overseas international private medical insurance coverage and plans that may suit you and your family. 

GREGOR SCHULTE, GLOBALITY HEALTH: The list of advantages of a well designed International Private Medical Insurance plan is headed by the customer confidence it engenders through adequate cover regardless of the country of residence of the policyholder. Also the non-medical benefits such as advice and assistance in navigating the local language and customs, provides comfort at times of stress. In order to provide adequate assistance it is imperative that international companies also have local knowledge and a local service offering. On the flip-side, iPMI should not have any comparative or substantive disadvantages when compared to local schemes. Of course, price is generally higher but when value is considered this disadvantage quickly recedes.

ANDREW APPS, BELLWOOD PRESTBURY: International medical insurance plans are designed to be more comprehensive in terms of the cover provided and to work outside any local state healthcare systems. This does of course mean that the premiums will be higher and is often the main barrier for the expatriate, who may be tempted instead to opt for a local or travel policy believing it to offer similar benefits.

With a market of more than 57 million expatriates, there is still great confusion whether travel insurance or IPMI is the right solution. Travel insurance provides good emergency coverage for short-term travel, but is rarely sufficient for longer periods. On the other hand, traditional IPMI plans can often include unnecessary benefits such as routine dental or maternity coverage, resulting in a high-premiums.

As a leading global insurance specialist, Bellwood Prestbury has considerable experience in arranging international medical, high-risk and complex insurance cover for companies and organisations throughout the world. As experts in our field we work closely with IPMI providers to help reduce the day to day administration

headache many clients face. We proactively manage their employee benefit programmes which in turn helps to strengthen the relationship between client and insurer.

PHIL AUSTIN, CIGNA: International plans are much more suitable for expatriates living abroad. Whilst they can be more expensive than local plans, cover levels will usually be much higher. A good international plan will provide cover for evacuation and repatriation, meaning that if the insurer agrees that treatment cannot be provided locally to the sufficient standard, the customer has the option to be taken back to their home country or a nearby centre of medical excellence for their treatment. Another big advantage is that international plans are portable. If the expatriate pays a visit back home during their stay, or travels to another country, they will continue to be covered. If the expatriate plans to move to a different country after their assignment finishes, they avoid the risk of having to be re-underwritten and having any new medical conditions excluded by simply transporting their existing plan.

SHIRLEY PUCCINO, GEOBLUE: A well designed iPMI plan will allow the employer to cover globally and delivery locally. The best insurers will have the global expertise to provide plans that function well in multiple markets yet provide the flexibility to allow for localised customs and practices. Expats have needs and expectations both locally and globally, so integrating global cover and services with the best local option(s) is the ideal solution.

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iPMI Magazine Insurance News

  • A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Sirius International Group, Ltd. and Its Main Subsidiaries
    A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” of Sirius Bermuda Insurance Company Ltd. (Sirius Bermuda) (Bermuda). Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” of Sirius International Insurance Corporation (publ) (Sirius International) (Sweden) and its subsidiary, Sirius America Insurance Company (Sirius America) (New York, NY). Additionally, A.M. Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” of Sirius International Group, Ltd. (SIG) (Bermuda) and its Long Term Issue Credit Rating. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is…
    Written on Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:26 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • A.M. Best Revises Outlooks to Stable for GBG Insurance Limited
    A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” of GBG Insurance Limited (GBG) (Guernsey). The revised outlooks reflect an improvement in GBG’s consolidated risk-adjusted capitalisation following the initial public offering (IPO) of its parent company GBGI Limited (GBGI) on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Benefiting from the proceeds of its listing, the group’s consolidated shareholders’ equity increased at its June 2017 financial year end, leading to improved risk-adjusted capitalisation. A.M. Best expects GBG’s balance sheet strength to remain…
    Written on Friday, 21 July 2017 05:29 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Aetna International Claims Double Wins At Insurance Asia Awards 2017
    Aetna International, a leading provider of IPMI and worldwide health insurance, has won regional recognition for its excellence in delivering innovative, effective and high-impact solutions at this year’s Asian Banking and Finance Insurance Asia Awards, earning both theInternational General Insurer of the Year - Singapore and CEO of the Year titles. The awards aim to congratulate companies that have successfully made the most of the lucrative opportunities in the Asia market, recognising their initiatives and cutting-edge products. Aetna was awarded the New Insurance Product of the Year award at the 2016 ABF Insurance Asia Awards last year, for the innovative…
    Written on Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:27 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • FCA Fines Compliance Oversight Officer For Pension Transfer Failings
    iPMI Magazine Compliance, Fraud and Regulation Watchdog News: The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined David Watters £75,000 for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence in his role as compliance oversight officer, firstly at FGS McClure Watters (FGS) and then Lanyon Astor Buller Ltd (LAB). Gary Dixon, a partner with compliance consultants MomentumGRC said, "While many, many firms have been fined in the past for compliance failings, and indeed some have been fined repeatedly, the singling out here and fining of an individual compliance officer for such a large amount is a game changer. The clear message to…
    Written on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:02 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Friday Flash Sale: SAVE £300 When You Purchase Brand New BREXIT And Insurance 2017 Report
    For those UK insurers, EU insurers, brokers and agents selling- or planning to sell- into the UK and/or European markets; BREXIT is a legal and logistical nightmare. UK regulators have demanded that every UK insurer now doing business in the EU/EFTA - whether by passport or local subsidiary- and every EU/EFTA insurer doing business in the UK on a passport or full basis -must show them their contingency plan that covers all options including the nuclear one of a UK exit with no deals. Much will depend on what is negotiated -but do not believe the hype from either side.…
    Written on Friday, 14 July 2017 06:36 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Download IPMI Provider Network Directory Company Guide July 2017
    Featuring Aetna International, Bellwood Prestbury, Cigna Global IPMI, DavidShield, Generali Global Health, GeoBlue, Globality Health, Healthcare International, Integra Global, Pacific Cross International and Wellaway.Buying international private medical insurance is a complex decision and finding the right insurer is crucial. That is why iPMI Magazine helps you ensure providers in our directory are all brands we are proud to represent. For more info on any IPMI plan or provider please contact us. Searching the internet for more international medical and private health care insurance industry data on the most important international medical insurance players in the industry? Check out the latest…
    Written on Friday, 14 July 2017 06:11 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • At Least 4 Insurance Firms In Ireland Raided By European Commission
    The Irish Times has reported that Aon, Marsh, Campion Insurance and Wright Insurance have been raided by the European Commission and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). The raid forms part of a European Commission investigation into competition in the haulage motor insurance market in Ireland.
    Written on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 07:41 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Aon Kenya Suspends and Terminates Provider Contracts
    Aon Kenya has suspended and terminated 15 health providers’ contracts citing fraud. 8 facilities serving tutors have been terminated, four suspended, while three for the security agents have been cancelled. In a report, AON Insurance says it has also forwarded a number of cases to the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) for investigation. “In the case of client-initiated fraud, the matter has been taken up with the employer,” says the report. The reasons for terminations were claims on patients who were never treated, double billing on procedures undertaken by National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), preauthorisation on clients not admitted, and conversion…
    Written on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 07:36 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Dubai Health Authority Adopts Smart System That Will Guarantee The Safety And Effectiveness Of Medication
    The Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) Pharmaceutical Services Department has announced the adoption of a smart system that monitors the cold chain of pharmaceuticals to preserve the quality and safety of medication. Cold chain is a temperature controlled supply chain, which provides an uninterrupted series of refrigerated production, storage and distribution activities to maintain the desired low temperature of consumable goods such as pharmaceuticals. Dr Ali Al Sayed, the Director of the Pharmaceutical Services Department at the DHA explained that the monitoring of cold chain especially when it comes to medication is considered one of the most important global issues and…
    Written on Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:28 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Aetna’s Decision To Call New York Home
    Late 2018 and Aetna’s corporate headquarters will be located in New York City. The decision is a meaningful investment in Aetna’s future, and a key step in evolving from an insurer to a health company focused on consumers and their communities. “New York City is a knowledge economy hub, and a driver of the innovations that will play a significant part in our ongoing transformation,” said Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini. “Many of the roles in our new office will be filled by innovators from the area’s deep talent pool, which will be an invaluable resource as we…
    Written on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:14 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Metlife Board Of Directors Approves Spin-Off Of Brighthouse Financial
    MetLife, Inc. has announced that its board of directors has approved the spin-off of Brighthouse Financial, subject to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) declaration that the Brighthouse Financial, Inc. Registration Statement on Form 10 is effective. In addition, all necessary state insurance regulatory approvals have been granted. Subject to the SEC’s timely declaration that Brighthouse Financial’s Registration Statement on Form 10 is effective, the record date will be 5 p.m. New York City time on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and the distribution date will be 5 p.m. New York City time on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. MetLife common…
    Written on Monday, 03 July 2017 09:50 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Health Insurance Expansion Linked To Fewer Sudden Cardiac Arrests
    The incidence of sudden cardiac arrest, an often deadly loss of heart function, declined significantly among previously uninsured adults who acquired health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows. The findings, published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, underscore how health insurance can affect outcomes. Most adults in the study gained insurance through Medicaid expansion, a jointly funded federal-state health insurance program for low-income people that was expanded under the federal law, also known as Obamacare. Investigators based their analysis on emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the insurance…
    Written on Friday, 30 June 2017 07:14 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Morocco Approves Draft Law On Mandatory Medical Insurance For Self-Employed
    The draft law is part of the Morocco's commitment to expand national health coverage by 2025 for these groups, representing approx. 11 million beneficiaries - around 30% of the population. The Minister of Health, Hussein Al-Wardi said in his presentation of the contents of the draft law that the law aims to establish health coverage for the benefit of independent and self-employed workers and enshrines the principle of compulsory participation in this system, in addition to modernizing the treatments similar to those granted to private sector workers. The minister added that the new law will be framed by a regulatory…
    Written on Friday, 30 June 2017 05:22 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Hong Kong's New Insurance Regulator Begins Work
    Hong Kong's new insurance regulator, the Insurance Authority (IA), has begun work 26 June 2017. The Insurance Authority (IA) will replace the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), a Government department, to regulate insurance companies. The OCI will be disbanded. The IA is a regulatory body independent of the Government and the industry. Empowered by the Insurance Ordinance (Cap. 41), the IA's principal function is to regulate and supervise the insurance industry to promote the general stability of the insurance industry and protect policy holders. Since its establishment in December 2015, the IA has been preparing for the takeover…
    Written on Thursday, 29 June 2017 05:48 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Kempinski Hotel Indonesia Partners With International SOS On Healthcare For Guests
    Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta has announced a key strategic partnership with International SOS, leading global medical company that operates in some 90 countries and which is led by more than 5,000 healthcare professionals. This adds to the hotel’s already-storied reputation in the country. As Hotel Indonesia, it was the country’s first five-star hotel and the destination and location of choice for VIPs, celebrities and heads of state, becoming part of the city’s historical heritage. Following its rebranding as Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, it now offers European-style luxury amenities and services while maintaining its position as a pioneer in the hospitality industry.As…
    Written on Friday, 23 June 2017 08:52 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Investing And Operating In Russia: International SOS And Enhesa Launch White Paper
    International and regional organisations operating in Russia face a number of unique challenges when trying to comply with the region’s health and safety regulations. The legal framework is complex and combines acts dating back to the USSR with modern legislation from various federal and regional agencies, offices, administrations and other government authorities. A lack of clear understanding of the requirements and non-compliance can lead to serious violations, accidents, legal action, financial penalties and reputational damage. To help organisations gain insight into the risks, International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel risk management company, has partnered with Enhesa, a global…
    Written on Friday, 23 June 2017 08:50 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • French Health System Approves Reimbursement Of QIAGEN's QuantiFERON Latent TB Test
    QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) has announced that France’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs has approved reimbursement by the national health insurance system for QIAGEN’s QuantiFERON-TB® Gold Plus (QFT-Plus®) to screen at-risk individuals for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection. The French decision to reimburse interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) for TB screening includes QIAGEN’s QFT Plus, the leading IGRA test worldwide. QuantiFERON is faster, less labor-intensive and more accurate in screening at-risk populations for latent TB infection than the century-old tuberculin skin test. Previously, QuantiFERON-TB tests have been available in France only if purchased by hospitals or public…
    Written on Friday, 23 June 2017 05:40 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • ALC Health Approved as Lloyd's Coverholder, Opens Hong Kong Office
    A la carte healthcare (ALC Health) has announced that it has been confirmed as a Lloyd’s Coverholder in Hong Kong. The company has been granted binding authority with underwriters at Lloyd’s in Hong Kong, and is registered locally with the Insurance Agents Registration Board (IARB) as ALC Health (Hong Kong) Ltd. All new and renewal Hong Kong business will transfer to this binder from 1 July 2017. “Our status as a Lloyd’s Coverholder gives clients and brokers even more confidence in ALC Health and our products,” said Founder and CEO Sarah Jewell, MBE. “With tightening regulations for the health insurance…
    Written on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:04 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Cigna Scores Official Sponsorship with the Dallas Wings
    As the WNBA’s sizzling summer season continues, health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) has signed on as an official sponsor of the Dallas Wings basketball team. The multi-year arrangement provides for a number of community activities that focus on youth and families: Youth Basketball Skills Clinics Presented by Cigna: Prior to eight weekend home games, there will be a free, one-hour skills clinic for children between the ages of 7 and 11, led by Dallas Wings coaches or coaches of local women’s and girls’ basketball programs. While the kids enjoy the clinic, their parents will have an opportunity to participate…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:02 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Sutter Health and Aetna to Establish New Health Plan in Northern California
    Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health care system in Northern California, and Aetna has announced plans to launch a jointly owned health plan. This new collaboration, the first of its kind in Northern California, will bring together Sutter Health’s network of nationally recognized, high-quality doctors and hospitals with Aetna’s leading health plan expertise, cutting-edge data, analytics and health information technology, and shared care management capabilities. This joint venture will deliver a differentiated, personalized experience for members and is designed to help lower the cost of care, resulting in competitively priced products. Sutter Health and Aetna anticipate offering self-insured commercial products starting…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:01 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • More Than Half of U.S. Provider-Owned Plans Experienced Underwriting Loss in 2016
    The sweeping changes and uncertainty in the U.S. health care industry increasingly are being felt by provider-owned health insurance plans, with 52.6% reporting an underwriting loss in 2016, according to a new A.M. Best special report. The Best’s Special Report, titled, “Growing Pains as More Providers Set-Up Their Own Health Plans,” states that the total population of plans in this report experienced a $1.2 billion underwriting gain in 2016; however, the underwriting results of that same population become a $699 million loss for the year when Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's results are excluded. In addition, underwriting volatility is more prevalent…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:58 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Nearly 60 Percent of Employees with Access to a Company Wellness Program Say the Initiative Has Made a Positive Impact on Their Health
    Most employees with access to workplace wellness programs say they have made a positive impact on their health, even though a majority are unwilling to devote more than one hour per day to health-related activities such as consistent exercise, according to a new survey. These are some of the findings from this year’s UnitedHealthcare Consumer Sentiment Survey: “Wellness Check Up,” which examines employees’ opinions about employer-sponsored wellness programs. The nationwide survey’s key findings include: Most employees say they are interested in wellness programs. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all employees say they are interested in wellness programs, while 59 percent…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:49 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Cigna and CVS Health Launch Cigna Health Works
    Cigna and CVS Health has announced the launch of Cigna Health WorksSM: a new collaboration, that aligns Cigna-administered health benefits with CVS Pharmacy and CVS MinuteClinic retail health care services to deliver an innovative consumer-friendly experience for Cigna self-funded employer-sponsored health plans. This collaboration brings together the health benefits insights of a global health service company with the deep knowledge of retail consumer behaviors of a leading national retail pharmacy and retail health care provider to help patients get the most from their health benefits at their local CVS Pharmacy, including: Customer engagement and personalized pharmacy support using Health Tag®…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:47 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
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  • Arma Underwriting Achieves Final Approval
    Asta, the leading Lloyd’s third party managing agent and specialist MGA investor, has announced that Dubai-based Arma Underwriting Limited has received full approval from all regulators and commenced operations last month. Asta-backed Arma is an approved Lloyd’s coverholder that writes multi-line (re)insurance business backed by A+ rated Lloyd’s security. Arma intends to develop close relationships with brokers and cedants in Middle East and Africa markets, to target individual risks as well as portfolio-driven strategies. The initial business lines are property (including Terrorism and Jewellers’ block), Liabilities, Energy, Personal Accident and Motor. Arma has attracted a team of some of the…
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  • Over 50s Prepared To Pay Towards Their Care, But Excessive Costs Will Put Them Off Building Wealth For Their Future
    Whoever wins the UK election this week, plans for social care funding should be a key focus for the next Government. However they should be mindful of the impacts this policy may have on the behaviour of those who are deemed able to afford to pay towards their own care according to a survey. The survey by Saga Money shows that, while many over 50s agree that people who can afford it should contribute towards their care, setting the contribution they have to make too high would put them off saving for their future and home owners are most likely…
    Written on Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:10 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Millions Hit By Increased Bills As Insurance Tax Goes Up Again
    Millions of people and businesses have been hit with increased insurance bills as the Government’s increase in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) took effect from 1 June 2017. This latest increase now means the rate of tax paid on most insurance policies has doubled, from 6% in 2015 to 12% – in a period of only 19 months. This has significantly added to the cost of policies as the Government now rake in over £7bn a year in IPT from UK insurance customers. Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine comments, "Taxing private medical insurance is stupid! The UK has a free option…
    Written on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 05:45 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • 3rd Rise In Insurance Premium Tax In Under Two Years Heaps More Pressure On ‘Just About Managing’ Families
    Latest hike in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) could add an extra £47 to the average annual household bill. Rise will be felt the hardest by those paying higher premiums, including young drivers and those with private medical insurance. With IPT having doubled in under two years, ABI calls for a freeze on this raid on the responsible. Hard-pressed households face a further squeeze on their family budgets when the latest increase in the government’s Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) to 12% came into effect 1 June, only eight months after it rose to 10%. The tax is payable on most general…
    Written on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 04:59 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News
  • Over 1,300 Travellers A Day Helped By Insurers When Things Go Wrong Abroad
    Insurance pay-outs of £1 million a day to travellers in 2016 – the highest since 2010. Payments for emergency medical treatment account for over half - 54% - of all claims costs at £199 million. Cost of travel insurance can be less than a couple of glasses of wine at the airport bar. Yet an estimated one in four travellers still travel without insurance. With the summer holiday season about to start and Brits making a staggering 70 million overseas trips a year, latest analysis by the ABI highlights why travel insurance is essential. Analysis of claims paid last year…
    Written on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 04:52 in iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Medical, Healthcare, Expatriate And Travel Insurance

A guide to leading international medical, healthcare, expatriate and travel insurance underwriters, companies, providers, operating within leisure, expatriate and corporate travel business markets, globally.

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