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Americans Attending Beijing Olympics Should Plan Ahead for Medical Emergencies

Friday, August 1, 2008 General News J E 4
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RADNOR, Pa., July 31 As tens of thousands of Americansprepare to attend the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the prospectof unexpected injury or illness -- and how to deal with it -- is in the mindsof many.

"Finding adequate, appropriate medical care in foreign lands can bedaunting, but travelers who prepare before their trip can give themselvespeace of mind," said Angelo Masciantonio, CEO and co-founder of HTH Worldwide,a global health and safety services company. "When you consider that half ofthe Americans who go abroad for two weeks or more experience a medical problem,knowing where to turn in an emergency can mean the difference between a greattime at the Olympic games and a two-week nightmare."

There are two tools no American heading for Beijing should be without:mPassport(SM) and travel health insurance.

HTH Worldwide's TravelGap(R) health insurance gives travelers cashlessaccess to medical treatment in China or anywhere else in the world. As aspecial service for those going to the Olympics, HTH has already securedappointments during August with qualified, English-speaking doctors in Beijing.These appointments are available to all those with TravelGap insurance for anyillness or accident.

Another "must have" for going to the Olympics is a 30-day subscription tomPassport(sm), a mobile health information tool for global travelers that wasintroduced earlier this month by HTH. At a cost of $9.95, mPassportsubscribers have convenient access to HTH Worldwide's databases of globalhealth and safety information when they are on the go and on their mobilephone.

The mPassport database has over 4,200 qualified, English-speakingphysicians and dentists in 180 countries and selected emergency and urgentcare facilities for over 1,100 destinations worldwide. The doctors in themPassport database are carefully selected specialists, emergency practitionersand family physicians.

Besides the HTH Worldwide searchable physician database, mPassport alsofeatures other helpful medical tools for travel abroad:

-- Personalized Health and Security Alerts published daily via SMS textmessaging and email.

-- Searchable Hospitals, Clinics and Pharmacies profiles for over 3,400notable facilities around the world. Many are contracted directly with HTH.

-- CityHealth Profiles convey critical information about healthcareservices.

-- Security Profiles contain up-to-date accounts of security risks.

-- txt5(SM) Group Text (SMS) Messaging allows subscribers to keep up tofive friends and family members informed of their travels via text messagingor email.

-- Featured Columns authored by physicians on healthy travel tips.

Subscribers can access mPassport at http://www.mPassport.com/mobile ontheir mobile phones or at http://www.mPassport.com on their computers.

About HTH Worldwide

HTH Worldwide provides health insurance plans and global medicalassistance services for business and leisure travelers as well as studentsabroad. HTH programs are distinguished by a contracted community of hospitalsand doctors in 180 countries. HTH combines its health and safety research,advanced Internet applications, and extensive experience in designing anddelivering international health insurance plans to ensure customers' health,safety and peace of mind. HTH was recently named one of North America'sfastest growing companies in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500. For moreinformation, visit http://www.hthworldwide.com.

Contact: Cass Oryl215.564.3200 x116 coryl@braithwaitepr.com

SOURCE HTH Worldwide
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