Allianz Worldwide Care has launched a mobile app which allows members to submit claims faster and easier than ever before. The new MyHealth app allows users to make a claim simply by entering the details with a photo of the medical bills, and pressing “submit”.
If users need to stop half-way through the submission process, the app stores the information already entered for later use. In addition to submitting new claims, users can also track the progress of claims already made, and review the details of previously paid claims.
International health news
- Depression and Parkinson’s linked - Doctors may be missing the signs of depression in patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, says new research.
- Obesity linked to 10 common cancers - Overweight and obese people are at greater risk of developing 10 common cancers, with cancer of the uterus the number one threat.
- Alopecia cure in sight - A drug usually used for a bone marrow condition has completely reversed alopecia related hair-loss in five months, says a recent study.
Four new health-related projects are to be completed over the next two years as part of the government’s Economic Vision 2030 plan, reports the Gulf Daily News. Over the next decade health care in Bahrain is set to be upgraded with several new initiatives aimed at improving and expanding current services.
The Health Ministry is targeting Bahrain’s growing diabetes rate with specialised clinics to be opened in all health centres across the country. In addition, dedicated sickle cell anaemia services will also be added to health centres.
The Ebola virus has been a hot topic in health news since the world’s biggest outbreak began in 2013 in Guinea. We bring you the facts about this disease, and the current outbreak.
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) was first isolated during an outbreak in Zaire in 1976. It is named after the Ebola river in modern-day Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire), where one of the original outbreaks occurred.
The virus is typically acquired upon contact with infected bodily fluids or blood and symptoms appear anywhere between two days to three weeks after infection. Early symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, and muscle pains. As the virus progresses, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea occur, followed by the haemorrhagic, or bleeding, stage.
The virus has a very high fatality rate, in April 2014 WHO put the figure at 60%-65% after assessing all occurrences to date.
International health news
- Daily aspirin cuts cancer risk - Taking an aspirin everyday could cut the risk of digestive cancers in people aged between 50-65, according to an international study.
- Low vitamin D linked to dementia - People with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia says the largest study on the topic.
- How healthy are natural sweeteners? - Agave syrup and stevia are sweeping the shelves as safer alternatives to artificial sweeteners, but how healthy are they?
The Turkish government has recently reversed its decision to make health insurance compulsory for expat retirees. Previously, it had ruled that health insurance was required to obtain a residence permit.
The Telegraph reports the complicated residency permit application process “has become easier for retired expats” as the Turkish authorities unexpectedly overturned their earlier decision that all foreigners over 65 must have health insurance.
International health insurance brokers now have another tool at their disposal to help build and compare quotes for their clients. Cigna Global has launched its new, online, Broker Quote Tool, developed in partnership with brokers themselves.
The tool allows users to:
- Compare up to three side-by-side quotes simultaneously
- Generate indicative quotes with only the essential information needed
- Use the tool without log-ins, each broker has their own unique URL link
- Email quotes from the tool directly to clients in a professional quote package including the contact information of the broker
- Save and retrieve quotes
International health news
- What is the world’s biggest health threat? - MERS, Ebola, measles. All have had well-publicised outbreaks this year, so what is the world’s biggest health threat?
- E-cigarettes ‘less harmful’ than cigarettes - Analysis of current scientific research shows e-cigarettes are overall much less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
- Ebola ‘unlikely to spread worldwide’ - The chances of Ebola being carried to Europe or North America are slim as it’s relatively hard to catch, say scientists
As the summer gets underway travellers are being warned about the importance of buying insurance if they plan on going abroad. According to a survey from The Points Guy, only 21 percent of people buy travel insurance, and of those, only 7 percent purchase it regularly.
So what is travel insurance?
Designed for short trips abroad, a standard plan covers cancellation, personal belongings, and emergency medical treatment. It can bought as a single- or multiple-trip policy and prices vary depending on many factors such as: where you are travelling, additional winter or water sports coverage, your age, pre-existing conditions and so on.
And international insurance?
An international medical insurance plan is designed to cover people who are living and working abroad. It generally includes inpatient treatment, check-ups, and long-term care of chronic conditions. An expat health plan usually allows you to choose where you receive treatment, even transferring you to another country if necessary. You can include extras such as compassionate visits, maternity care, and dental treatment. Expat health plans generally last a minimum of 12 months, though there are some options for people moving abroad for less than a year.
The 2014 International Living Global Retirement Index has ranked France as number one in its health care category. The study, which ranks destinations on their suitability for retired expats, praised France’s “affordable and great quality” healthcare.
The benefits highlighted in the report include the fact many doctors and healthcare professionals speak English, especially in major cities. Treatment in public facilities is available to those who pay, or used to pay, into the social security system. Fees for services in the public system are set, with the state paying around 70 percent of the costs. The remainder is paid out-of-pocket or by supplementary health insurance plans. The government may pay 100 percent of the costs related to serious illnesses.