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OCTOBER 2019 • ISSUE 225


ESSENTIAL READING FOR TRAVEL & HEALTH INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS


FEATURE


THE APAC REGION Meeting the challenge


Take cover!


Some alarming figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have highlighted the staggering cost of medical treatment that travellers accrue when abroad


While the ABI’s research surveyed travellers from the UK, the results are applicable to travellers across the world. According to the Association, its analysis of 500,000 travel insurance claims made last year reveals that one traveller needs emergency medical treatment abroad every three minutes, and that medical bills are at their highest for eight years – totaling £209 million paid out across the year by insurers, which equates to £570,000 per day. The ABI also uncovered that, of the £399 million paid out on all travel insurance claims in 2018, medical claims accounted for 52 per cent of claim costs, cancellation costs for 36 per cent, and lost baggage or money for four per cent. As a response, and likely a means of jolting lackadaisical travellers into purchasing appropriate travel insurance, the ABI has released statistical resources that highlight the average costs of medical services in different countries. For example, a cruise traveller in China who suffers a brain hemorrhage, including an air ambulance


CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Hurricane Dorian batters Bahamas


Category-five Hurricane Dorian, the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most powerful storm ever to strike the Bahamas, made landfall on 1 September, causing widespread devastation


The ‘life-threatening’ storm conjured winds of up to 175 mph (280 km/h), tearing off roofs, flipping cars over and driving severe floods as it


travelled westward. Some estimates even suggest that the winds reached 200 mph at times. The US states of North and South Carolina, Florida and Georgia all declared states of emergency; Florida and North and South Carolina suffered severe damage, as did Atlantic Canada. The level of devastation caused in the Bahamas led to some describing the country as looking as though it had been hit by a nuclear bomb. As many as 70,000 people have been made


homeless, and around 50 fatalities have been recorded at the time of writing, though many people remain missing, so an exact total is hard to estimate – authorities have warned that the final death toll could very likely be enormous. Major evacuation efforts were undertaken; however, dwellings and business places in the Bahamas are legally required to


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PROFILE HANNO MIJER


Group CEO, Cover-More Group


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SERVICE DIRECTORY


Your essential guide to suppliers for the global travel and health insurance industry


Ebola crisis continues in DRC


The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new report that reveals that, in the final week of August, there were 59 new confirmed Ebola cases and an additional 45 deaths in seven health zones in three affected provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


Four cases have crossed into neighbouring Uganda, including a nine-year-old Congolese girl who died from the disease. “We are finalising the administrative formalities so that the body is repatriated and buried here in Congo, her native country,” said Yusuf Baseka, Health Director in Kasese, a district in southwestern Uganda, at the time. “We are collaborating with the health services of neighbouring Uganda and we will strengthen the sanitary measures here in Kasindi.” WHO has confirmed that there have now been almost 3,000 cases of the disease and 2,000 deaths. It said that further resources are required to fund the disease response through to December 2019 and it is appealing to donors to provide


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