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Global Health Systems And Compulsory Health Insurance 2016

Few countries can afford to pay for universal state healthcare so they seek solutions: State health insurance; Compulsory health insurance using insurers; Compulsory travel health insurance for visitors; Sending people to other countries for treatment. An increasing number control cover, price and acceptance- even when insurers provide the cover. For some states, there are different rules for locals, expatriates, students and travellers. Another approach gaining popularity is to regulate the price...

25-11-2015 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Reports

Aetna International Launches New Global Health Care Products For Groups And Individuals

New product offering and enhanced service approach combine to transform customer experience Leading international health benefits provider, Aetna International (, has launched two new global health care products for individuals, families and groups around the world. Aetna Pioneer℠ is aimed at individuals and families with Aetna Summit℠ supporting group clients. "The design of our exciting new product suite has a central focus on our members' needs," said Aetna International President, Richard di...

25-11-2015 iPMI Product News

Round Table: The Rising Cost of Global Healthcare

Although global risks have changed dramatically, medical inflation and the cost of employee benefits continues to cause concern. In the most recent iPMI Magazine C-Suite Executive Round Table Business Forum we speak with leading executives from the world of International Private Medical Insurance about the rising cost of healthcare and medical inflation.

19-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Accessing Medical Care Abroad: More Expatriates Look Locally

Cigna Global Health Benefits® (NYSE: CI) and the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) recently surveyed more than 2,700 expatriates working in 156 countries to better understand how they and their families experience, perceive and value various elements of assignment terms and programs. While many surveys tell the global mobility story from the perspective of the employer, this survey is unique because it gathers candid feedback from the globally mobile themselves—information employers...

10-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Expatriate Life International Living Global Mobility News

Free PDF Round Table Download: International Private Medical Insurance VS Local Health Insurance

In an International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Executive Round Table Business Forum October 2014, we spoke with leading C-Level executives about the major differences between international medical health insurance and local medical health insurance plans and cover. As expatriate hot spots around the world continue to mandate health insurance cover for expat employees, under various visa and employment laws, questions from the business community continue to be raised. Issues focus around...

10-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Healix Insurance Services Wins ITIJ Award For Best Insurance Intermediary For 2nd Year Running

Healix were delighted to win the Award for Best Insurance Intermediary at last night’s glittering International Travel & Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ) Awards held in Athens. The judges commented, “Healix Insurance Services continues to set the benchmark for the travel insurance industry. They never rest on their laurels and their initiatives this year, notably in product and service expansion, are very impressive. Their future strategy suggests they will continue to be...

06-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Bellwood Prestbury Agree Partnership With Voyager Insurance To Launch A New Affordable Online Travel Insurance Plan

Specialist global insurance intermediary Bellwood Prestbury has selected Guildford based Voyager Insurance Services as their preferred provider to launch a new on-line travel insurance plan created for both UK and EEA residents. With a choice of three core plans: single, multi-trip and long stay cover for up to 24 months - business trips are included as standard and all plans are available to individuals and groups with the option to include...

02-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Travel Insurance News

Between One In Two And One In Three Expatriates Has No International Health Insurance

‘International and expatriate healthcare and insurance 2014’, the latest report from insurance analyst Ian Youngman, puts the international and expatriate health insurance market in perspective and offers valuable insight into the nature of the current and future market. The most complete fact filled business report on international and expatriate health insurance is back and better than ever. After customer feedback it now includes more countries and insurers, new information on cross border...

02-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Expatriate Medical Health Insurance Round Table Free PDF Download: Managing The Lifecycle Of An Expatriate

Moving a business into new uncharted waters where your native tongue may not be the local language, is a daunting affair. Speak to any CFO, HR Director or Expatriate or simply consider the stress put on ones shoulders when operating in a foreign and sometimes hazardous environment. For the unseasoned traveller on distant shores even simple tasks like shopping can be a strain. So imagine being in a life threatening...

02-11-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

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OUT NOW: International Private Medical Insurance Companies and Providers V1.2

Version 1.2 of the International Private Medical Insurance Provider Directory is out now with the addition of Antaé, a leading employee benefits firm based in Switzerland. Based in Lausanne in Switzerland, Antaé is specialised in advice, design and distribution of international mobility solutions: private medical insurance, travel health insurance, assistance and security, protection, kidnap and ransom, pension. Our clients are international corporate businesses and organisations, NGOs, international private schools and international students...

25-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

60 Million Expatriates By 2020

There are over 50 million expatriates, and by 2020 this will be 60 million. 232 million people now live away from their country of birth. Between one in two and one in three expatriates has no international health insurance, although a minority is covered by domestic health insurance. Several countries seek to get expatriates and migrants to pay for healthcare or have compulsory health insurance. PREVIEW THE 900+ PAGE REPORT International...

21-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

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A Double Healix Win At Health Insurance Awards

Healix were delighted to come away with two awards at last week’s prestigious Health Insurance Awards in London. Healix Health Services won the award for ‘Best Healthcare Trust Provider’ and Healix International shared the award for ‘Most Innovative New Product’ with Now Health International and Willis Employee Benefits (UK) for their collaboration on a medical insurance product for smaller expatriate populations which incorporates the Healix automated international medical screening service.  Richard Saunders...

21-10-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

New Challenger 604 At Air Alliance

The Challenger comes in an up to three-stretcher version and is capable of carrying simultaneously two ventilated intensive care patients and one none intensive care patient. The stretcher units are equipped with a tech-pod for secure in-flight storage of monitoring devices, respirator and perfusion pumps including outlets for AC and DC energy supply and oxygen supply. An auxiliary power unit (APU) allows to keep the cabin comfortably cool or warm during...

20-10-2015 iPMI Magazine Medical Air Ambulance Repatriation Medevac Company News

Healix Shortlisted For Best Healthcare Trust Provider Award

For the 6th year running, Healix is a finalist in the prestigious Health Insurance Awards to be held in London on 15th October.  Having won the award for ‘Best Healthcare Trust Provider’ 3 out of 5 times they are hoping to make it a 4th win this year. Richard Saunders, sales director at Healix Health Services said they were very proud to be recognised by the industry for the high standards Healix...

03-10-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

OUT NOW: International Private Medical Insurance Companies and Providers V1.3 - Adds NEW Wellaway Advertising Campaign

Version 1.3 of the International Private Medical Insurance Provider Directory is out now. Medical insurance underwriters and providers are represented and International Private Medical Insurance Magazine would like to take this opportunity to say a warm thank you to all of the guide sponsors including ALC Health, Antaé, Cigna Global iPMI, Expatriate Group, GeoBlue, Globality Health, Healthcare International, Integra Global and Wellaway. GET LISTED List your company in the iPMI Magazine iPMI company guide. Working hand-in-hand with...

30-09-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

International Air Ambulance Owner Operator Broker Round Table

Welcome to the most recent International Private Medical Insurance Magazine exclusive air ambulance medical transportation round table business forum. In this exclusive debate we talk about the international medical transportation sector of the business. With a focus on fleet capabilities, on-board technology, medication and payor-provider relations the round table takes a closer look at the global providers assisting iPMI insurers and insureds. Exclusive C-Suite executive commentary from FAI, Jet Executive, MedcareProfessional...

30-09-2015 Latest RT

Eva Kluge Appointed As New Director Of Sales And Business Development At Air Alliance Medflight

Eva Kluge has joined Air Alliance Medflight as the new Director of Sales and Business Development. Eva has been in the industry for more than 20 years. Her professional career includes 7 years at Europ Assistance, Munich, in various roles as well as 10 years at Munich Re/ ERGO Group as Head of International Medical Provider Network and Key Account Manager Medical Assistance/ Healthcare for international insurers. Prior to joining Air...

30-09-2015 iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

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VIDEO: Go Global With GeoBlue And iPMI Magazine: An Introduction For Direct Brokers And Agents

In this video you will learn how to get started with GeoBlue: Realize the potential of the international market segment;Understand GeoBlue's advantages;Learn about GeoBlue's products and services and commission program;See the resources we have available to assist our brokers/agents. About International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate digital news brand serving medical, expatriate, corporate, healthcare and travel insurance markets worldwide. Due to the nomadic nature...

27-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

RSA Insurance Group 2015 Half Year Results Video Interview with Stephen Hester, CEO

  With a 300 year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. In this film, CEO Stephen Hester discusses the key highlights from RSA's 2015 half year results. Stephen Hester, RSA Group Chief Executive, commented, "We are making fundamental improvements to RSA, as promised. These interim results show excellent progress on all key measures. The foundations are being laid to improve still further. Profits are up strongly...

19-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Company Results News

APRIL UK Appoints Healix To Streamline PMI Claims

APRIL UK is set to make significant changes to the way their private medical insurance claims are handled, which they believe will offer policyholders an improved claims experience and faster access to policy benefits. The Bristol based provider has announced that from 1st September 2015, Healix will take over as the claims handler on their range of private medical insurance plans, including their inSpire PMI Plan. One of the key enhancements that...

18-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Stand-Alone Travel Insurance and Assistance Gross Written Premiums Forecast To Rise To 4.54 Billion Euros By 2018 Across 20 European Countries

Munich Re and Allianz are the market-leading groups in a fragmented market that is predicted to be worth EUR 4.54 billion by 2018. The value of the market for stand-alone travel insurance and assistance across 20 European countries was EUR 3.86 billion in 2014 in terms of gross written premiums and is forecast to rise to EUR 4.54 billion by 2018. The UK market is by far the most valuable as it...

18-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Medical Travel Technical Roadside Assistance Company News

VIDEO: Aegon CEO Alex Wynaendts Reports Increase In Earnings

  Solid underlying earnings Underlying earnings increase to EUR 549 million as fee business growth and the stronger US dollar were partly offset by lower US life & protection results, including adverse mortality of EUR 17 millionEquity and interest rate hedging programs main drivers of fair value losses of EUR 293 millionNet income amounts to EUR 350 millionReturn on equity of 8.2% and 8.9% excluding capital allocated to run-off businesses Continued strong profitable...

14-08-2015 iPMI Magazine Company Results News

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How Do You Think International Healthcare Will Be Defined In The Future?

Buyers are becoming more demanding and iPMI is no longer about just insurance but about the ‘whole package’. No longer will providers be able to stand behind their brand and expect policyholders to put up with sub-standard service or inappropriate products. The expatriate market is growing and as it continues to do so, so will the need for iPMI providers to step up to the challenge. Whilst price is important...

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

iPMI Magazine Hosted You As A VIP Speaker At The 4th Medical Tourism Conference In Istanbul, Turkey, Last Year; You Made A Speech About Medical Tourism And Insurance. What Was The Aim Of The Speech?

Essentially, my speech was first to debunk some of the myth and outlandish claims about the size of the medical tourism industry. Next is to help identify and understand the potential market of commercial payors and how to approach this core sector. Next, to help forge an understanding of facilitating business - commercial insurers generally are willing to cover the costs of treatment abroad particularly if they can realize savings, but...

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

What Role Does Information Technology Play In Your Day-To-Day Operations And Within Your Health, Expat Or Travel Insurance Plans?

Technology is an absolutely crucial part of all health plan operations and services. From selling, to underwriting to assisting members, the plans destined for long-term success will be technology leaders. As the leader in global technologically based services for global travellers, our success will depend on our ability to continue to innovate and add value through the deployment of our innovations.  Angelo Masciantonio CEO HTH Worldwide

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

How Can Corporations Improve And Manage The Life Cycle Of Their Specialist Expatriate Workforce?

Comprehensive cover should be looked at not only as a necessity but as a perk. Quality healthcare insurance benefits are an important element in ones life but to an expatriate and their family it has added value. Having the ability to seek treatment in one’s home country is something of significance to an expatriate. Domestic employee or even Human Resource professional may not comprehend the difficulties an expatriate may face in...

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

How Do You Deliver Value To Your Clients?

Direct clients and Intermediaries need to have absolute confidence that the iPMI provider and the plan that they recommend to their client will provide the cover expected and will deliver top quality service when needed. An iPMI policy which fails to respond when an expatriate is facing a medical emergency is useless. If a provider is offering big discounts and their plans are priced well below the market norm, you...

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

On A Recent And Highly Subscribed Linkedin Discussion, It Was Suggested That: “There Is A Huge Gap Between Underwriting And Claims And Everyone Needs To Start Talking The Same Language”. What Do You T…

I agree. As someone who has done pretty much all the different jobs in health insurance from marketing and sales to operational management, claims processing underwriting etc I think there has always been a detachment between the different functions – which is not helpful. My view is that there should be more cross functional training and working. In a small company like ours where everyone has to get involved in...

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

How Can Corporations Improve And Manage The Lifecycle Of Their Expatriate Workforce?

Becoming an expat can be a difficult time – especially when experienced for the first time. A combination of some of the most stressful events in a persons life are happening at the same time - a new job, often uprooting of a family, a new country, a new culture, leaving extended family members behind and so on. Companies need to empathise with this and offer support if they want...

19-09-2013 Ask An Industry Expert

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Aetna International Launches New Global Health Care Products For Groups And Individuals

New product offering and enhanced service approach combine to transform customer experience Leading international health benefits provider, Aetna International (, has launched two new global health care products for individuals, families and groups around the world. Aetna Pioneer℠ is aimed at individuals and families with Aetna Summit℠ supporting group clients. "The design of our exciting new product suite has a central focus on our members' needs," said Aetna International President, Richard di...

25-11-2015 iPMI Product News

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Emphasizes Better Health through New $0 Premium Medicare Advantage Plans, Provider Collaboration, Extra Benefits

As Medicare’s primary sales season gets under way, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem), is bringing $0 premium Medicare Advantage plans – with extra benefits – back to Denver and Douglas counties in Colorado through provider collaboration agreements with Centura Health, UCHealth and University of Colorado School of Medicine Doctors (CU Doctors). This includes launching Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans (DSNPs) for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and traditional...

29-10-2015 iPMI Product News

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International SOS Clinics In Tianjin And Tianjin TEDA Remain Open

The fire at a logistics facility in the Binhai Port area of Tianjin Municipality resulted in two large explosions on 12th August at around 11.20pm. Immediately after the explosion International SOS staff provided triage and first aid treatment for the seriously injured. In addition, International SOS sent a team to Tianjin to ensure continued support to our clients and members. Both International SOS clinics in Tianjin and Tianjin TEDA remain open.The authorities have...

16-08-2015 China News

Typhoon Chan-hom Causes USD1.5bn Economic Loss In China

Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team have launched the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during July 2015. The report reveals that Typhoon Chan-hom tracked across much of the Western Pacific Ocean during the month, causing extensive damage in China, Japan's Okinawa Island chain, South Korea, Taiwan and Guam, killing at least six people and injuring...

14-08-2015 China News

iPMI Magazine Interviews

iPMI Magazine Speaks With Fiona Greenwood Operations Manager Rowland Brothers International

Fiona grew up in Spain, in the province of Tarragona, where her family moved when she was 7 years old.  She is bi-lingual in Spanish and English. As a teenager, she moved back to the UK with her family, and a few years later, moved again to work with an emergency assistance company in Dallas, Texas. After six wonderful years in Texas, she returned to the UK, and continued her...

03-09-2015 Executive Industry Interviews

iPMI Magazine Speaks With Arjan Toor Cigna Global iPMI Managing Director

Arjan brings over 18 years of experience in financial services across Asia, Europe and the US to his new role. With proven expertise in the development, marketing and distribution of a broad variety of insurance solutions, he is well positioned to lead Cigna’s Global IPMI business as they build out their position as a leader in the individual PMI industry. Please introduce yourself and background in the international medical insurance industry: Let...

25-08-2015 Executive Industry Interviews