A study by PMI Global suggests that 20% of companies that send employees abroad for prolonged periods of six months or more fail to provide them with international health insurance. PMI Global is a new service offering an integrated package of insurance and healthcare support for employees abroad.
The research says that 48% of companies neglect to conduct full health assessments of the destinations they send staff to, while 44% don't organise vaccinations for their employees where required and that 1 in 10 companies leave their expat employees totally in the dark over where to turn to for health advice.
Rachael Floyd at PMI Global comments "While the EHIC entitles any resident in the UK to receive emergency healthcare treatment while travelling in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, restrictions mean it is not substitute for standalone international health insurance."
International health insurance: News update: 9 February 2010