Willis, Now and Healix partner for new expat offering

Willis Employee Benefits is partnering with Now Health International and Healix International to offer clients with fewer than 99 expatriates flexible and affordable medical plans for healthcare needs outside their home country.

The plan offers access to online pre-assignment medical screening for employees and their dependents as standard, which Willis says is a first.

The plan is designed to assist the large numbers of business travellers, expatriates, and their families who are sent overseas with pre-existing medical conditions but little or no knowledge about how those conditions may best be managed in their destination countries.

The plan is designed to give risk managers management information on medical risks associated with the location, specific to the employee and their family, prior to the assignment taking place and information on the potential long term cost implications for the organisation.

For HR professionals, it allows an auditable process through which employers can fulfil their duty of care requirements by facilitating pre-trip advice and guidance which is specific to the individual’s medical needs and location of assignment, while reducing employee liability exposure.

The medical plan is administered by Now Health International, and the pre-assignment screening element is provided by Healix International.

Willis Employee Benefits CEO Tony Powys says: “One of the key concerns our multinational clients raise is in relation to assignment failure. The benefits of pre-assignment screening are wide-ranging and it is an excellent risk mitigation tool for managing some of the broader risks associated with a globally mobile workforce. By integrating this within the medical plan we are able to deliver to our clients a more effective solution.”

Now Health International CEO Martin Garcia says: “Now Health is well placed to provide fast, accurate service to those employees who need access to healthcare anywhere in the world.  The partnership with Willis and Healix offers a truly unique offering in the market today.”