Future Care’s Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger Program
Future Care’s Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger Program is a specialized suite of services specifically designed to manage the medical and healthcare needs of the yacht owner’s crew and passengers. Our Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger program includes many of the medical management services offered in our commercial program, such as our Physician Advisory at Sea Service, access to our global hospital / physician network, medical case management and medical cost containment services.
Future Care’s Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger program provides both primary and secondary healthcare for the yacht owner’s crew and passengers. Our specially tailored program offers the yacht owner complete peace of mind regarding both the emergency and routine medical needs of those for whom he or she is responsible, providing a one stop, complete medical management plan for his or her crew and passengers world-wide.
First Response Contact Center
For yacht operators enrolled in our Caring for the Crew and Passenger program, a simple email message to our 24/7 Contact Center engages a medically-trained first responder, who receives the details and makes an initial determination as to treatment and whether nurse or physician review is required. Depending upon the circumstances, we will immediately contact the appropriate network treatment provider and arrange direct communication with the ship board personnel for diagnosis and treatment.
Future Care’s Physician Advice at Sea Program
Future Care’s telemedical program for yacht owners, Physician Advice at Sea, is based on the Company’s 30 plus years’ experience in managed health care, and 24 years in formulating medical management protocols specifically designed for the maritime community’s special needs. Our global network of physicians and other treatment providers are experts in evaluating shipboard injury and illness. They are adept in determining whether onboard treatment is sufficient and consistent with the highest quality care necessary, or if land-based treatment and/or emergency evacuation or deviation is required. Future Care provides specialist physicians in a wide array of disciplines, including cardiologists, orthopedists and diving recovery, to name but a few.
Future Care’s Physician Advice at Sea program saves the yacht owner money by providing immediate medical diagnosis and treatment. Treating shipboard injury or illness onboard can shorten recovery time, postpone or eliminate the necessity of shore-side treatment, and avoid costly and unnecessary deviation or emergency evacuations, when medically appropriate.
Future Care’s Physician Advice at Sea program reduces the yacht owner’s overall medical claims cost, both below and above the insurance deductible. By improving the speed and quality of medical care provided to the crew and passengers, Future Care’s telemedical program also reduces costly litigation.
Global Hospital / Physicians Network for the Yacht Owner
Future Care’s 24 plus years’ experience in managed health care for the yacht owner’s crew and passengers has enabled us to develop our first class proprietary network of hospitals, treatment facilities, physicians and other medical providers. We have network physicians and treatment centers in many of the major yachting ports throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South America and Europe, among others. We can customize a medical network for the yacht owner whose vessel regularly calls at specific ports, or calls at exotic or remote ports.
In the United States, with probably the highest rates for medical services in the world, we offer access, as available, to Preferred Provider Organization (“PPO”) network facilities at significantly reduced rates, comparable to those paid by the major U.S. health insurers.
MLC Title IV Compliance for the Yacht Owner
The 2006 Maritime Labour Convention, Title IV, which came into effect in August of 2013, applies to all ships, whether publicly or privately owned, that are ordinarily engaged in commercial activities. This definition includes yachts of over 500 GRT. The MLC requires that the covered yacht owner provide his crew with health care comparable to that afforded land based employees. Yachts are subject to inspection by port state control, flag and classification society inspectors, among others.
Future Care’s Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger program assists the yacht owner in complying with medical and healthcare obligations to the crew under the MLC. Future Care’s extensive experience in medical case management for the yacht owner uniquely qualifies us to offer training for Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Title IV Compliance, including training support for ship and/or shore side personnel and Future Care’s yacht captain’s manual review. Both remote and on-site training are available.
For a more complete discussion of the synergy between Future Care’s programs and Title IV of the Maritime Labour Convention please see our webpage “Future Care and the Maritime Labour Convention” .
Additional Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger Program Services
Other Future Care services for the yacht owner include medical case management and medical cost containment, among other services.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hearing more about Future Care’s Caring for the Yacht Crew and Passenger program and/or our other medical management services.
Please explore our other services, summarized on our Caring for the Crew® Program page.