Lebara and Allianz Group announce insurance partnership
Lebara, a mobile and media services provider to the world’s migrant community, today announced a partnership with global insurer Allianz Group. The partnership will provide insurance and assistance services to meet the needs of migrants and their families globally.
This collaboration marks a first for a Europe-based mobile operator to provide not only insurance and assistance to its European customers, but also cover their family members abroad.
In a market where, at most, only 1 in 5 people in developing countries are covered by their local public social security systems, there is a clear need to help protect themselves against the risks that they may face.
The first service launched as a result of the partnership, called Second Medical Opinion, is being rolled out to Lebara customers in the UK, for free, from today. The service offers customers the following:
- Second opinion on major medical conditions from a network of experts from around the world
- 24/7 telephone support on health and wellbeing matters
- Free enrollment of two additional family members in the UK or abroad
The UK is home to 2.53 million foreign-born residents from developing countries, each supporting at least 2 family members in their country of origin. The Second Medical Opinion service is facilitated by Best Doctors and will provide timely and valuable support to these migrant workers and their family members.
Lebara Group Chairman and CEO Mr. Yoganathan Ratheesan commented: “I’m proud to announce this partnership with Allianz, which we feel will take the important step of democratising the provision of insurance services. We know that ensuring healthcare is a key priority for the global community of migrants. Quick, simple and cost effective protection of loved ones at home, wherever they are in the world, responds to this core need for our customers born outside of the UK. I am confident our partnership will be well received and appreciated.”
Theo Bouts, Head of Global Life and Health at Allianz Group, added: “Migrants are a large and under-served community to which Lebara, together with Allianz insurance and service companies, can provide excellent protective support. I believe this launch is just the start of how we can benefit migrants globally.”
Soon, Lebara’s UK customers will be able to enroll their loved ones for a wide range of Allianz services, from both home and within some major countries of origin.
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