Allianz Worldwide Care Launches Maritime Labour Convention Compliant Healthcare Plan for Seafarers
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global health insurer Allianz Worldwide Care has announced the launch of a new plan which offers a compliant solution for onshore healthcare to shipping companies affected by the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006), commonly known as the “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights”. MLC 2006, which came into force in August 2013, requires shipping companies to provide comprehensive rights and protection to the world’s 1.2 million seafarers, including the provision of a minimum level of healthcare cover.
“The convention addresses a number of basic employment rights, amongst them fair employment terms and the right to health protection and medical care. Essentially, the goal is to ensure that seafarers are provided with a minimum standard of working conditions”
While created by the International Labour Organisation in 2001, to be enforced, the MLC had to be ratified by at least 30 member states. This was achieved on August 20th 2012, with the Convention officially coming into force exactly one year later. Currently, 56 countries have ratified the convention, which does not apply to fishing vessels, war ships or traditional build ships.
Speaking about the launch of the Maritime Healthcare Plan, Susan Landers, Head of Marketing and Client Management at Allianz Worldwide Care said; “The convention addresses a number of basic employment rights, amongst them fair employment terms and the right to health protection and medical care. Essentially, the goal is to ensure that seafarers are provided with a minimum standard of working conditions”.
“Allianz Worldwide Care took a pro-active approach to create a healthcare plan which addresses all of the MLC 2006 mandatory in-patient and out-patient medical requirements, as well offering as a number of optional in-patient, out-patient, dental and repatriation benefits. This allows employers to provide a higher level of healthcare cover and a more attractive employee benefit in this competitive industry where there is a scarcity of qualified and experienced maritime staff”.
Landers added, “The MLC is already in force in many countries including Cyprus, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden, where shipping companies are obligated to provide a minimum level of health protection and medical care to employees. Maritime companies in other countries such as the UK, France, Germany and Belgium can make provisions now as their markets prepare for the implementation of the Convention in 2014”.
Full details on the new health plan and the mandatory and voluntary cover provided within it is available at www.allianzworldwidecare.com
About Allianz Worldwide Care
Allianz Worldwide Care specialises in providing international health insurance for employees, individuals and their dependants, wherever they are in the world. As an A+ Stable rated (Standard & Poor’s), wholly owned subsidiary of AA Stable 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 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.