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Allianz Worldwide Care Announces New Benefits and Enhancements to Standard Healthcare Plans



  Allianz Worldwide Care Announces New Benefits and Enhancements to Standard
  Healthcare Plans

Members benefit from additional cover and access to latest medical advances,
while premium rate increases remain some of the lowest in the industry

Business Wire

DUBLIN -- December 12, 2013

International private medical insurer Allianz Worldwide Care has announced a
number of new benefits and enhancements to its standard healthcare plans,
following its recent annual product review. New and renewing group and
individual clients will benefit from increased healthcare cover in a number of
areas, including genetic testing, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, prescribed
drugs, palliative care and long term care.

Susan Landers, Head of Marketing and Client Management said “Every year we
monitor, review and improve on the level of cover available to our clients.
Changes to cover are driven by feedback from our clients, so they often focus
on very practical elements which support the way in which our members are
actually using these plans. We also believe in the benefits of preventative
care and in giving our clients access to the latest proven advances in medical
treatment. This has been demonstrated by the introduction of cover for BRCA1
and BRCA2 genetic testing, the same test undertaken by Angelina Jolie to gauge
the likelihood of developing breast cancer. All of this, combined with one of
the lowest rates of premium increase in the market, provides our clients with
comprehensive cover and competitive premiums.”

Details of the additional cover provided are listed below:

  * Cover has been extended for both palliative care and long term care.
    Palliative care is now full refund for an unlimited number of days (it was
    previously covered for up to 30 days) and long term care cover has been
    extended from 30 to 90 days.
  * The rehabilitation benefit now covers treatment that starts within 14 days
    of discharge (previously it had to start immediately after acute medical
    treatment had ceased).

  * In all standard Out-patient Plans, the prescribed physiotherapy benefit
    now covers up to five treatments without the need for prescription or
    referral. 12 treatment sessions per condition are covered initially
    (prescribed and non prescribed combined) and additional treatments are
    covered if medically necessary.
  * On the Gold Out-patient Plan, the Health and Wellbeing Checks benefit now
    includes cover for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing as a means of
    identifying a pre-disposition to breast and ovarian cancer. Existing
    checks covered include liver function tests, cardiovascular and
    neurological examinations, mammograms, prostate screening, bone density
    checks and well child tests. The checks, tests and examinations covered
    under this benefit are not dependent on any clinical symptoms being
    present and are part of the company’s commitment to preventative care.
  * A new Dietician Fees benefit has been added to the Gold Out-patient Plan
    which covers up to four visits with a registered health professional for
    dietary advice required as a result of diagnosed medical conditions
    covered under the plan.
  * A new Prescribed Drugs benefit has also been added to the Gold Out-patient
    Plan, offering cover of up to £42/€50/$70/CHF65 for drugs that have been
    prescribed by a physician but don’t legally require a prescription prior
    to purchase.

The changes will be reflected in Allianz Worldwide Care’s client Benefit
Guides, which have recently been redesigned to create more concise and
user-friendly documents.

The new Benefit Guides for employees and individuals are available to download
from www.allianzworldwidecare.com

ENDS

About Allianz Worldwide Care

Notes to Editors:

Allianz Worldwide Care specialises in providing international health insurance
for employees, individuals and their dependants, wherever they are in the
world. As an A+ rated (Standard & Poor’s), wholly owned subsidiary of AA rated
Allianz SE, the company is able to draw on the resources and expertise of one
of the world’s leading insurers and financial services providers.

From a range of in-patient, out-patient and dental benefits, clients can
create a comprehensive international healthcare plan that suits their needs,
including both long term and short term assignments.

Allianz Worldwide Care was the first international health insurance provider
to offer a 48-hour turnaround on submitted medical claims, under its “Clear to
Zero” claims handling initiative. With a 95% client retention rate and a
client base that includes many of the Fortune Global 500 companies, Allianz
Worldwide Care continues to build a reputation for service excellence in
international healthcare.

www.allianzworldwidecare.com

Click here to view the full Globalsurance International Insurance Review 2013.

Contact:

Grayling
Matt Herbert
Tel: +44 (0) 207 932 1857
Mob: +44 (0) 781 436 5546
matt.herbert@grayling.com
or
Colleen Brayshaw
Tel: +44 (0) 207 932 1872
Mob: +44 (0) 794 679 4223
colleen.brayshaw@grayling.com
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