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New Policies Protect Employers, Workers Who Choose Global Health Care
Date:7/31/2009

COLUMBIA, S.C., July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amid rising health care costs, U.S. companies increasingly are weighing the money-saving benefits of including international medical travel coverage in their employee health plans. Some of those employers also are concerned about possible risks associated with offering such options.

With that in mind, medical travel facilitator Companion Global Healthcare Inc. today announced an agreement with an insurer that allows its employer group clients to purchase low-cost insurance policies to cover possible liability resulting from the employer's decision to offer workers an international medical travel benefit.

"This new coverage raises the comfort level of some employers that are considering a global option for their employees as a way to save dramatically on health care without sacrificing high standards for care," said David Boucher, president of Companion Global Healthcare.

Based in Columbia, S.C., Companion Global Healthcare offers self-insured employers and their workers medical travel concierge services and an international network of accredited hospitals that treat American patients at prices far lower than those in the United States.

"All hospitals in Companion Global Healthcare's overseas network are accredited by the Joint Commission International, and most have U.S. board-certified physicians on staff," Boucher said. "But unintended outcomes are possible at any hospital, including even the best facilities in the United States and around the world. Employers that have turned to Companion Global Healthcare for help in purchasing a medical travel benefit for their workers want to make sure they have a solid risk-management plan to protect themselves and their employees."

Companion Global Healthcare will market the employer liability policies through Columbia, S.C.-based Custom Assurance Plac
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