Features

The feature articles in ITIJ are an integral part of the publication, allowing us to place a special focus on issues and trends affecting the global travel and health insurance industry. Whether an extended article analysing a key topic in the news, a ‘Profile’ interview with a leading industry representative, or an in-depth look at a pertinent subject area, ITIJ’s ‘features’ provide unique industry insights and offer readers a chance to keep up-to-date with the latest thinking on the most important issues.

To contribute to one of ITIJ’s forthcoming features, please contact the editorial team: editorial@itij.com. A list of forthcoming features can be found here.

turkey1In May 2009, a letter was written by assistance company MIA Online to the Turkish Embassy in London. MIA’s complaint centred on disputes it was having with Turkish hospitals over their medical bills. One case involved a UK traveller with lung cancer who was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell. The man was detained for four days and a series of tests were run on him including ECG, X-rays and ultrasounds. The discharge notes advised oxygen on the flight home with a nurse escort even though the patient and his wife advised there was no need. The subsequent bill, which included removing wax from the patient’s ears, came to a staggering €5,107. A previous patient was also charged a huge amount for diagnosis of heart failure, MIA wrote. On returning home his GP could find no evidence of this. MIA asked the Turkish Embassy whether there was a Turkish body that regulated prices charged and where bills could be submitted for scrutiny, and also warned that holidaymakers would shun trips to Turkey if they were faced with losing a large part of their holiday unnecessarily detained in hospital and being faced with large bills.

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egypt1As a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world, Egypt has been refining its medical offerings for international patients for some time. Dianne Glon assesses the quality of, and access to, care available today and examines the country’s booming facilities for medical tourism

World markets

adventuretoonIn the fast-growing adventure tourism sector, the risk of injury and death is an unfortunate fact of life. Matthew Davies explores the difficulties a UK adventure travel company could face when a participant is injured on an expedition or adventure holiday overseas, and how combined planning by the operator’s insurer and the insured (adventure travel company) could reduce potential future legal complications.

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greece1Greece presents a variety of challenges to assistance companies. Tatum Anderson looks at the issues presented by the region’s geography, and gets an insider’s view on the workings of the healthcare system

World markets

EHICA lack of clarity and consumer education is leaving many British holidaymakers unsure of what medical care they are expected to pay for while on holiday within Europe. David Craik asks if this is a UK problem, or if other European consumers are also unsure about what exactly the EHIC provides

News analysis

hungary1Hungary’s healthcare system has its roots in the old Socialist model, but is gradually privatizing certain services. Dr Peter Felkai tells us how to get the best out of the current system

World markets

callcentre1Providing travel insurance for someone suffering from cancer requires an in-depth knowledge of their condition. Krish Shastri shares his knowledge and suggests how high street insurers can do more to help cancer sufferers obtain the travel cover they need

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swineflutoonAfter rattling travellers, tour operators and insurers, the dreaded swine flu has unquestionably tested the preparedness and resolve of those involved in the travel and insurance markets. Milan Korock investigates what he describes as a ‘wake up call’ to the industry

News analysis

10years1To mark the 100th issue of ITIJ and almost 10 years reporting on the issues and trends that have shaped this industry, we thought it would be interesting to take a look back over the last decade of travel insurance and see what has changed. As Fiona McDonald and Milan Korcok reveal, what is most surprising is what hasn’t changed

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huskies1Canada’s overstressed emergency rooms do not provide an inviting portal to the nation’s healthcare system, long considered by international health experts as among the best in the world. Milan Korcok explores what this means for international visitors needing emergency treatment in Canada, as well as for the indigenous population

World markets

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The feature articles in ITIJ are an integral part of the publication, allowing us to place a special focus on issues and trends affecting the global travel and health insurance industry. Whether an extended article analysing a key topic in the news, a ‘Profile’ interview with a leading industry representative, or an in-depth look at a pertinent subject area, ITIJ’s ‘features’ provide unique industry insights and offer readers a chance to keep up-to-date with the latest thinking on the most important issues.

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