Globalsurance Concerned after Aviva Ceases Medical Insurance on Two Plans in Singapore

 Globalsurance Concerned after Aviva Ceases Medical Insurance on Two Plans in
                                  Singapore

It has come to the attention of Globalsurance that Aviva Ltd, a
Singapore-based subsidiary of Aviva PLC, is set to stop providing medical
insurance coverage on its IdealMedical and Global Health insurance plans in
Singapore.

PR Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec.13, 2012

HONG KONG, Dec.13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It has come to the attention of
Globalsurance that Aviva Ltd, a Singapore-based subsidiary of Aviva PLC, is
set to stop providing medical insurance coverage on its IdealMedical and
Global Health insurance plans in Singapore.

These will no longer be made available and will not be renewed from February
2013 by Aviva. However, it is understood that Bupa and its partner Raffles
Health Insurance (RHI), are set to take over the portfolio.

While it is thought that those conditions previously covered by Aviva will
continue to be covered by Bupa, the benefits are believed to differ slightly
and premiums are expected to rise dramatically. This latest move by Aviva is
thought to potentially impact between 5,000 to 10,000 people.

This unfortunate news follows Globalsurance's October 26th, 2011 announcement
that Aviva Life Insurance Company Ltd were canceling their entire line of
Global LifeCare health insurance plans in Hong Kong. Unfortunately for Aviva
clients in Hong Kong at the time, no alternative solutions were provided for
policyholders and a number of clients were left with uninsurable serious
medical conditions as a result.

Affected Singapore Aviva IdealMedical and Global Health customers will be
offered the option of either RHI-Bupa Worldwide Health Options or RHI-Bupa
Health Select Asia Pacific products to transfer their policy to, without being
subject to underwriting.

Premium rate implications for transferring policyholders will depend on client
ages and the selected plan to transfer into, but it is suspected by analysts
that rates may increase by as much as 100% in some cases. However, choosing to
pay a more expensive health insurance premium rather than living with an
expensive, uninsurable health condition is obviously the recommended option if
available.

In light of this, the moves made by Bupa and RHI show significant promise of
development in Singapore and Globalsurance customers should consider this form
of support as a very positive move by both parties.

SOURCE Globalsurance

Website: http://www.globalsurance.com
Contact: Holly Booth, Globalsurance, 3589 0508