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Majority of expats likely to use virtual health services

Younger employees value vHealth more than older generations
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Almost eight in 10 (78%) expatriates across the globe are likely to use virtual health services, a poll suggests.

The survey of 2,000 expat employees by Aetna International found those in Singapore, India and the UAE are more likely to use virtual health services than in other countries.

In addition, younger age groups (30-49) are more likely to use virtual health than older generations (50+), and those with children are more likely to use virtual health than those without.

Richard di Benedetto, president of Aetna International, said virtual health enables people to save a lot of time and money because they don’t need to travel to access healthcare services.

“In some locations, you may need to travel quite a way to see your family doctor. But with virtual healthcare services, this isn’t the case,” he explained.

He added that virtual healthcare services are very useful for expats who are not familiar with their new environment.