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First Statutory Sick Pay Insurance With Integrated Effective Absence Management Cover In The UK

A new type of insurance cover has been developed by market leaders Medex Protect that gives employers the option to take out insurance against the cost of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), giving businesses more financial freedom and greater peace of mind. Insurance expert Medex Protect has created a groundbreaking new integrated product that effectively manages absence to improve productivity, while providing reimbursement of SSP payments.

The Directors of Medex Protect have been at the forefront of medical insurance development for 40 years. As such they are well positioned to create a unique policy specifically designed to integrate the benefits of effective Absence Management and Employee engagement with the financial protection associated with the reimbursement of Sick Pay Costs.

Jason Dunks, Commercial Director says: ”We have responded to the needs of employers and adapted to market forces, as well as changes in legislation. The product delivers integrated Absence Management and Occupational Health benefits. Very simply, if the employee does not return to work by day seven of an absence then the policy will refund the SSP contributions to the employer for up to 28 weeks.”

Sick Pay Protect includes effective risk management via embedded pre-commencement screening, online risk assessments and Occupational Health provision, along with access to a compassionate and effective Employee Assistance Programme and a private GP service, delivered by Dr.Now, the leading and accredited provider of GP appointments delivered face to face over the web, via a secure app “Jason Dunks says "the access to private GP appointments on a same day basis, will not only be a valued benefit to the scheme members, it will reduce absence costs for the employer associated with the positive benefits derived from prompt access to primary care support at the outset of an illness".

Following the legislative changes that meant employers could no longer reclaim the cost of SSP the government introduced the option for businesses to apply for a refund of up to £2000 in National Insurance contributions. This NI rebate can then be re-invested by SMEs to increase productivity, reduce absence and insure statutory sick pay.

The Sick Pay Protect policy also qualifies as a legitimate business expense, and therefore the cost of SSP Protection from Medex Protect can be offset against corporation tax, making it even more of an attractive financial investment for any business.

Jason Dunks, Commercial Director of Medex Protect explains how the system can provide a lifeline for employers: "Employers can often struggle to find effective Occupational Health and Absence Management provision. The Sick Pay protect plan both integrates and simplifies the process, and then adds the financial protection as a completely natural and logical extension to this service delivery.

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XVIII - The Centre for Advanced Screening Opens Its Doors

XVIII – The Centre for Advanced Screening where senior executives can undergo the most sophisticated and detailed health screening has opened in Devonshire Street, London, 

The brainchild of fifteen of the world’s leading doctors, the XVIII programme targets the six of the biggest killer diseases of modern times: bowel cancer, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, pelvic cancers and prostate cancer.  Early detection of these conditions can save lives. 

XVIII goes beyond traditional well man and well women tests by combining a thorough assessment of an individual’s risk factors with the very latest diagnostic technology, all of which exists under the same roof.  The programme is intended to guide very time-pressured men and women at the top of their professions towards a personal programme of lifetime management of their risk of future disease.   Clients include chairmen and chief executives of major organisations, leading entrepreneurs for whom life brings with it high levels of pressure and stress or simply people seeking the most thorough advanced screening available. 

Apart from conventional and state of the art scanning investigations, XVIII uses a number of innovative tests.  For example, cardiac disease is still the UK’s biggest killer and the centre carries out the newly developed online calculator of cardiovascular risk – “Heart Age” - faced by individuals. 

All tests with abnormal results are interpreted by world renowned specialists who themselves are driving change and innovation and thereby enhancing the reputation of London as a world class centre of medical excellence. 

The chair of the programme’s clinical board is Professor Roger Kirby, a pioneer in new treatments for prostate cancer and other urological conditions.  Professor Kirby is Founder and  Medical Director of The Prostate Centre, London and former Head of Urology and Co-Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at St George’s Hospital, London. 

“We all share a common obsession.  Passionately believing that early detection of disease saves lives, we know that many currently available health screens fall well short of achieving their aim - or rather your aim, since it is your health and your future at stake.” 

“At XVIII we have access to game changing technology which gives us dramatically improved means of detecting killer diseases – while at the same time reducing or eliminating the risks of the tests themselves.” 

“It is this that has brought us together to offer clients the opportunity to learn more about their health and to take control and manage their health into the future.  Our very personalised service is simply not available elsewhere.” 

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Welcome To iPolicy Magazine: For International Expatriate Medical Health And Travel Insurance Brokers Agents And Intermediaries

Welcome To The 1st Issue Of iPMI Magazines Medical Health Travel and Expatriate Insurance Broker And Intermediary Report, iPOLICY.

 

Rounding up the last quarter's most important International Medical and Health Insurance Plan and Product News, iPOLICY is the essential digital report designed specifically for International Health Insurance Brokers and Intermediaries.

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Welcome To The 2nd Issue Of iPMI Magazines Medical Insurance Broker And Intermediary Report, iPOLICY.

 

Rounding up the last quarter's most important International Medical and Health Insurance Plan and Product News, iPOLICY is the essential digital report designed specifically for International Health Insurance Brokers and Intermediaries.

Read iPolicy Issue 2 by iPMIM now, click here.

Welcome To The 3rd Issue Of iPMI Magazines Medical Insurance Broker And Intermediary Report, iPOLICY.

 

Rounding up the last quarter's most important International Medical and Health Insurance Plan and Product News, iPOLICY is the essential digital report designed specifically for International Health Insurance Brokers and Intermediaries.

Read iPolicy Issue 3 by iPMIM now, click here.

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Brits Admit They Need A Shock To Take Heart Health Seriously

The nation’s approach to just how seriously we take our heart health has been revealed by new research. One in four people (25%) said it took someone they know to have a heart attack for them to take their heart health more seriously.

The study from Bupa shows that over half of those asked (51%) admit they’re worried about getting heart disease. Despite this 44% say they would need to have a health scare and a third (32%) said a personal illness in order to make them think about living a healthier heart lifestyle. The average person also admitted they didn’t or wouldn’t start taking their heart health seriously until their 40s. Interestingly, a further one in eight (13%) people were prompted to think about their heart health when someone they knew was diagnosed with high cholesterol, while one in 10 (11%) were prompted by having children.

Dr Steven Luttrell, Medical Director at Bupa says “Coronary heart disease is the biggest cause of death in the UK causing almost 74,000 deaths every year [1]. With nearly 2.3 million people in the UK living with heart disease, people need to be more aware of the risk factors associated with the disease. People can’t afford to wait until they face a health scare to take action. We can all take active steps now to reduce our future risk of heart disease.

The research shows that whilst a staggering eight in 10 (80%) people say they’re not confident of the signs of heart disease there appears to be some confusion about the information available. A quarter (25%) of people say there isn’t enough information out there, while a fifth of respondents (18%) say there’s too much information, but third (33%) of respondents admit that realistically most people just don’t want to know.

Knowledge is key

However, understanding the contributing factors to heart disease is an important first step in identifying whether you are at risk of heart disease and to enable you to take preventative action. Worryingly, of those questioned, only a quarter (26%) knew their cholesterol level, just 37% their blood pressure reading and 4 in 10 (42%) their BMI. Younger people aged between 18 to 24 are the least knowledgeable about their heart health, with a staggering 91% not knowing their cholesterol levels and three quarters (79%) not knowing their blood pressure.

Dr Steven Luttrell continues, “Everyone can do something to help reduce their future risk of heart disease, even if you don’t think you’re at high risk. More women die prematurely from heart disease than breast cancer, so its vital that both men and women lead healthy lifestyles by maintaining a healthy weight, doing some physical exercise and not smoking. I’d recommend speaking to your doctor or having a health assessment to check your cardiac risk, learn more about your health and to get helpful advice. Taking steps now to live a healthier lifestyle really can make the world of difference.”

The annual cost of treating coronary heart disease in the UK is nearly £2 billion[2]. Bupa’s own specialist cardiac support team take on average 8,000 calls a month from members requiring treatment or advice on heart disease[3]. Bupa offers cardiovascular risk checks as part of its health assessments available in clinics across the UK, suporting people to assess their risk and understand the lifestyle changes that can help make a difference.

The healthcare provider also offers customers with heart disease access to a specialist team of nurses and dieticians through its COACH Program which helps members suffering from heart disease to manage and improve their diet and lifestyle, helping to minimise further risks to their health.

[1] British Heart Foundation http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/heart-statistics.aspx. May 2014 [2] British Heart Foundation http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/heart-statistics.aspx. May 2014 [3] Internal Bupa Report: Cardiac Team Monthly Calls Dashboard May 2014. All figures, unless stated otherwise are from OnePoll survey commissioned by Bupa of 2000 18+ adults between 20th January 2015 and 22nd January 2015. The survey was carried out online and on mobile.

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Astrenska And Intana Represent Re-modelling Of Collinson Insurance Group

Move is an affirmation of the Group’s strategy to focus on core capabilities and develop market-leading products and services through the expansion of specialist areas of expertise.

David Evans, Managing Director, Insurance and Assistance of the Collinson Group said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of Astrenska and Intana to the market. “By consolidating our core capabilities under specialist divisions we are able to provide competencies specific to distinct market needs. By aligning these brands through the Collinson Group we can deliver a seamless service to clients when both capabilities form part of the customer solution. “With the existing skills and expertise we have and a clearly defined strategy for future development and growth, Intana and Astrenska are set to make a serious impact on the market.”

Astrenska is the new underwriting division led by Gareth Absalom, Group Head. Astrenska combines Collinson’s range of products and expertise in non-core personal lines insurance into one focused area of specialism. Gareth has over 25 years’ experience in the London insurance market and will manage a team of underwriting specialists. The consolidation creates a division that underwrites over £100m of GWP for its carriers, including A+ paper across key areas such as IPMI, personal accident, health and travel. With the flexibility to deliver co-branded, white labelled and fully managed products to market, Astrenska is well positioned to support its clients in accessing key growth areas of the non-core personal lines insurance market. CIB (formally known as Collinson Insurance Brokers), remains a key area of specialism for Collinson Group, delivering partnership capability in technology led models and traditional broker services.

Intana is the new claims and assistance division led by Martin Weintz, Group Head. Intana has been created by adopting best practice in assistance and customer experience management from capabilities established through both acquisition and organic growth to deliver a fresh approach to assistance services.

Intana offers emergency medical assistance, claims handling, roadside assistance and home emergency support. The brand also provides pre-trip screening, travel guidance and security advice. It will also place focus on the creation of new propositions for nonemergency services.

Martin has over 30 years’ experience in assistance and was previously at AXA Assistance where he worked in a number of senior roles in France and Germany, most recently as Chief Executive of AXA Assistance Germany.

David Evans, Managing Director, Insurance and Assistance of the Collinson Group said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of Astrenska and Intana to the market. “By consolidating our core capabilities under specialist divisions we are able to provide competencies specific to distinct market needs. By aligning these brands through the Collinson Group we can deliver a seamless service to clients when both capabilities form part of the customer solution. With the existing skills and expertise we have and a clearly defined strategy for future development and growth, Intana and Astrenska are set to make a serious impact on the market.”

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AirMed Flight Crews Complete Training for Kathmandu, Nepal

Following a recent increase in the number of requests for repatriations from Kathmandu in Nepal, AirMed has taken the decision to invest in additional flight crew training and gain approval for operations into this complex airfield.

“We are constantly communicating with our clients to find ways in which we can enhance our service” says Jane Topliss, Director for Business Development. “With the increasing ease of access to the Himalayas and the growing popularity of travel to that area, it has become clear that our clients have a developing need for air ambulance capabilities in and out of Kathmandu, especially as it is known that the healthcare facilities in this region are limited.”

Kathmandu is a complex airport to operate from because of the difficult terrain and high altitude. Due to this all flight crews have to have specific training on the air traffic procedures at the airport prior to them being approved to be able to operate there. This is an annual training and approval requirement which is being integrated into AirMed’s standard flight crew training programme.

Two of AirMed’s Learjet 35A flight crews have already gained the approval with the remaining pilots scheduled to complete it during their next recurrent 6 monthly simulator training in the U.S.

Jane added, “During the last few years AirMed has gained considerable experience in longer distance air ambulance missions. Last year we repatriated patients from as far afield as Uruguay and Brunei and by providing this additional capability we are ensuring our clients are not only being provided with the highest quality of care for their patients, but also a service which covers the majority of geographical regions. We never stand still, we are continually developing in terms of what solutions we can provide to our clients and ultimately to our patients.”

About AirMed

AirMed is a specialist fixed wing air ambulance company based at Oxford Airport (EGTK) in the UK. They have been operational for nearly 30 years and can provide specialist services like neonatal, paediatric, obstetric, burns and ECMO. Their fleet consists of 5 aircraft; 2 x Learjet 35As, 2 x Piper Cheyenne IIIAs and 1 Piper Cheyenne IIXL all of which are owned and operated by AirMed and are maintained at AirMed’s EASA Part 145 Approved Maintenance facility. AirMed is registered with the Care Quality Commission in England and holds Full Accreditation “Special Care” with EURAMI. During 2013 they carried out 600 patient transfers including one adult patient with 95% full thickness burns.

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UK Private Medical Insurance Company

UK Private Medical Insurance Company

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expatriate Life.

Perhaps you are already established as a Expatriate living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding UK Private Medical Insurance company requirements is vital to safe, risk free Global travel. Accidents do happen and when you least expect it. Insuring you have the right type of Private Medical Insurance plan from the right private medical insurance company will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient medical care.

Expatriates searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Private Medical Insurance company are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online UK Private Medical Insurance company guide.

Get the lowdown on who's who and which Private Medical Insurance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about UK Private Medical Insurance companies and providers to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expatriate Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand UK Private Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Private Medical Insurance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. Private Medical Insurance companies do come in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Private Medical Insurance company, plan, costs and fine print.

Make your Private Medical Insurance plan and company covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Launch Of Capita Global Assistance

  • FirstAssist’s International Assistance business rebrands to Capita Global Assistance

The FirstAssist International Assistance business, which provides worldwide emergency medical assistance to leisure and business travellers, has rebranded to Capita Global Assistance.

 Janette Hiscock, managing director of Capita Global Assistance, said, “We have been part of the Capita group for more than three years and today’s rebranding is a natural step in the progression of our business. “We are proud to be part of the Capita group which gives us access to a wide range of markets and services, and which allows us to further invest in our infrastructure and growth strategy. What doesn’t change, however, is the quality of our people, our continued commitment to innovate and our passion to work closely with our valued business partners."

The business offers a range of services including pre-travel advice and contingency planning, medical case management, medical evacuation/repatriation and access to security advice and assistance. The business was part of the FirstAssist acquisition by Capita in 2010 and sits within the health and wellbeing division. It has around 100 staff, including multilingual doctors, nurses and case managers who deliver travel and medical assistance to a diverse portfolio of travel insurers, corporate clients and charitable organisations.

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UK Health Insurance Companies

UK Health Insurance Companies 

International Private Medical Insurance Magazine represents many leading UK Health Insurance companies, underwriters, providers, brokers and intermediaries.

You may be a business traveler, student studying abroad, an expatriate, leisure or medical health tourist searching to source, compare and select the best Uk Health Insurance Companies.

Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical information about Uk Health Insurance Companies to individuals, groups, corporate clients, brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand Uk Health Insurance Companies before you travel to the UK, and insure you select the right and most appropriate Uk Health Insurance Companies for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes to the UK.

Uk Health Insurance Companies come in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Uk Health Insurance Companies, plans, costs and fine print. 

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UK Health Insurance

UK Health Insurance

You may be a business traveler, student studying abroad, an expatriate, leisure or medical health tourist searching to source, compare and select the best UK Health Insurance.

Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical information about UK Health Insurance to individuals, groups, corporate clients, brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand UK Health Insurance requirements before you travel to the UK, and insure you select the right and most appropriate UK health and medical insurance plan for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes to the UK.

UK Health Insurance comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the UK medical health insurance company, plan, costs and fine print. International Private Medical Insurance Magazine represents many leading UK Health Insurance companies, underwriters, providers, brokers and intermediaries.

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