Partnership extends health insurance to visitors, migrant workers

Rob Hennin

Auckland, October 9, 2017

International visitors to New Zealand will soon be able to access health insurance through nib, thanks to a new partnership with fellow Kiwi insurance innovator, OrbitProtect.

The partnership will give New Zealand’s second largest health insurer access to the International Inbound Health Insurance (IIHI) Market from October, providing health cover services for in-bound travellers to New Zealand such as international workers, students and tourists.

The relationship complements nib’s current suite of health insurance covers for New Zealand residents and short-term travellers.

Strategic fit

We have already cemented ourselves as New Zealand’s second largest health insurer with our range of affordable health insurance products that help people access and afford world-class healthcare.

Access to the IIHI market locally is a sensible strategic fit that allows us to provide a complete health solution for anyone visiting or residing in New Zealand.

We already have a strong presence in the Australian IIHI market and we are excited to now get involved in the New Zealand market.

Convenience and access

We are delighted to have established a partnership with a fellow successful challenger brand in the New Zealand insurance market.

Our partnership with OrbitProtect means that we can give people who travel to New Zealand to work and study an assurance that they can travel safe and travel happy.

There is also a complementary fit between the customers of OrbitProtect who seek permanent residence following their initial stay in New Zealand, and the products offered by nib to service those who become eligible for the public system but want to retain private health insurance cover for the sake of convenience and immediate access.

OrbitProtect Chief Executive Wayne Stewart said that he shared nib’s vision for outstanding customer service and a commitment to innovation.

“I am very impressed with nib’s focus on technological innovation to drive better outcomes for their customers. They are very responsive and nimble in their approach, allowing them to implement change and innovation quickly, which is so important in today’s highly competitive market,” he said.

Enhanced range

“At OrbitProtect we need to be able to provide our customers with an enhanced range of products to further our journey, and that is exactly what our partnership with nib allows us to do,” he said.

The new partnership provides the opportunity for all advisers to access another IIHI solution with significant product advantages over other alternatives.

Advisers will be able to access the new solution via a dedicated landing page due for release later in October.

Rob Hennin is Chief Executive of nib in New Zealand. The above was a Press Release issued by the Company today.


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