SOURCE: HTH Worldwide

December 06, 2007 11:57 ET

HTH Worldwide Helps Make Travel to China and Beijing Olympics a Healthy Experience

RADNOR, PA--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - HTH Worldwide, a global specialty health services and insurance company, today announced a new program of medical assistance services and insurance benefits that far exceed traditional offerings and are designed to help travelers to China and the Beijing Olympics prepare to manage health risks and gain access to qualified medical care when they need it. HTH's TravelGap® China program is designed for the millions of Americans who visit China every year on business and leisure, including the hundreds of thousands who are expected to make the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games part of their China itinerary.

Planners in Beijing conservatively estimate that the 2008 Olympics will attract at least 500,000 visitors from outside China for the seventeen-day event in August. According to research published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, 8% of travelers to developing countries can be expected to seek medical care while abroad. Even this small fraction, amounting to over 2,300 per day, will overwhelm the capacity of clinics, hospitals and doctors practicing western-style medicine in Beijing.

HTH Worldwide has anticipated this capacity crunch and, through its international community of carefully selected, contracted medical providers, has pre-arranged access during the Olympic Games to primary care services at clinics staffed by highly qualified, English-speaking physicians. These facilities are operated by Beijing United Family Hospital and Hong Kong International Medical Clinics, which set the standard for healthcare services in Beijing. Members can call HTH twenty-four hours a day to arrange an appointment, and they will be treated without incurring any out-of pocket expense.

"Half a world from home and with chronic health conditions, a traveler to the Olympic Games in Beijing will wonder if good medical care is available. In fact, any visitor to China may seek care in case of an accident, contraction of an infectious disease or a reaction to local air, food and water," said Frank Gillingham, M.D., HTH Worldwide's Medical Director. "With the prevalence of traditional, herbal medicine in China, the wary Westerner could easily encounter treatment that is not recognizable as 'modern' medicine. That's where TravelGap® China comes in."

Included with TravelGap China is access to HTH's vital global health and safety databases, HTH Mobile Health(SM), available worldwide both online and via handheld communication devices. Members take with them emergency numbers, profiles of carefully selected doctors and hospitals, translation databases for medical conditions, brand name drugs and key medical phrases as well as up-to-the-minute health and security alerts. Customers can access these databases via a convenient, electronic Medical Passport to China delivered online with purchase confirmation. TravelGap China also includes pandemic evacuation services to assist members in the event of the rapid spread of an infectious disease such as avian flu.

TravelGap China is a travel medical insurance program with up to $1 million in medical benefits, and a $0 deductible, that covers routine, urgent and emergency medical services. Benefits include coverage for pre-existing medical conditions as well as $500,000 in medical evacuation costs. Pricing and benefits schedule are available online at Click on the "Traveling to China?" image or go directly to TravelGap China.

HTH Worldwide is a specialty insurer and an innovator and leader in helping world travelers stay safe and gain easy access to quality healthcare services all around the globe. HTH combines its health and safety research, advanced Internet applications and extensive experience in designing and delivering international health insurance plans to ensure customers' health, safety and peace of mind. HTH annually services hundreds of thousands of travelers who leave their home countries for extended periods of business, leisure and study. Please visit

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