Star Hospitals.net, a North American healthcare facilitator, continues to break ground in the booming medical tourism industry in India by partnering with the country’s first stand-alone health insurance company, Star Health and Allied InsuranceCompany, Ltd. Through this joint venture the two premier healthcareservices will focus on collaborating with a U.S. or Canadian-based healthinsurance company to offer comprehensive, affordable medical care in aninternational setting. Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, LTD is currently exploring theopportunity to partner with a U.S. or Canadian-based insurance company byfollowing the re-insurance route. It is proposed that companies in theUnited States and Canada will design and market country-specific policies,Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, LTD will be responsible forclaims servicing and support in India. “This joint business venture will be solidified through a re-insurancecontract which can be further broadened to include claims servicing,domestic travel, and travel arrangements,” says Mr. Jaganathan, M.D. andCEO of Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, LTD. The company will workon behalf of the patient’s overseas insurer to manage claims and payment inIndia under the “Claims Control Clause.” Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, LTD, is India’s premier healthinsurance company, providing not only basic health insurance but alsospecialized insurance for diabetics, HIV patients, and families with agingrelatives. Previous to Star Hospitals’ alliance with Star Health and Allied InsuranceCompany, LTD, the company coordinated everything from travel arrangementsto medical care at one of the JCI/NABH/ISO accredited hospitals in the StarHospitals network. Now, with the possibility of a U.S. or Canadian-basedhealth insurance company working with a Star Health and Allied InsuranceCompany, LTD, quality, affordable healthcare seems a closer reality formillions. “Star Hospitals.net hopes this venture will strengthen our efforts toinclude as many options as possible for our patients,” Kumar Jagadeesan,president of Star Hospitals.net stresses. “We want to make certain thatevery aspect is taken care of so our patients’ medical travel experience isaffordable, complete, and stress-free.” Star Hospitals.net specializes in coordinating travel, pre- andpost-operative accommodation arrangements, completing hospital registrationprior to the patient’s arrival in India, and arranging tourism andsightseeing activities. A companion program is available for anyoneaccompanying the patient.