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Thomas Cook offers holidaymakers GP appointments on their smartphone through MoneySuperMarket.com

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MoneySuperMarket is providing customers with the chance to see a doctor on their mobile phone whilst they’re abroad on holiday, through a new partnership with Thomas Cook and digital health company Now Healthcare Group.

Holidaymakers who purchase Thomas Cook travel insurance through the price comparison website will be provided with access to the Now GP smartphone app, a ground-breaking digital health service that connects patients to UK-based doctors via video call, for the duration of their holiday.

The mobile health service is staffed by fully-qualified, MRCGP-certified doctors and allows patients to browse through a list of available GPs and schedule an appointment at a time to suit them. This allows holidaymakers to travel safe in the knowledge that in the unfortunate event of illness, face-to-face consultations with a UK-based, English-speaking doctor via video call are easily accessible.

The new partnership aims to boost confidence among travellers and alleviate any potential cause for concern, with medical advice available via the app both in and out of the EU. Furthermore, if treatment is required to combat any prolonged periods of illness, electronic prescriptions and advice notes can be made available to collect from any local pharmacy.

The Now GP app is the first mobile health app to be proven to work on an international scale, hosting successful video consultations in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. This new partnership with MoneySuperMarket and Thomas Cook extends Now Healthcare Group’s current coverage over two million people, and is another key step towards the company’s ultimate goal of covering 25 million people by the end of 2017.

With statistics finding that one in five of us fall ill when holidaying abroad, Now GP is a fantastic travel benefit for Thomas Cook and MoneySuperMarket customers, particularly for families. Consultations are available for the duration of their time abroad, and the app is free to download for iOS and Android devices.

Founder and CEO of Now Healthcare Group, Lee Dentith, said: “We’re delighted to offer the use of the Now GP app to customers who purchase Thomas Cook travel insurance through MoneySupermarket.com. Falling ill on holiday can be a real worry and a big problem for families, so by providing quick and easy access for people to speak to a doctor back home we’re helping to make holiday healthcare more convenient so people can enjoy their holidays hassle-free.”

Zena Carter, head of travel insurance at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with Thomas Cook and Now Healthcare Group on this project. For holidaymakers, having the security of knowing they can reach a UK doctor quickly, in the unforeseen scenario that they or someone within their party do fall ill on holiday, is something that cannot be underestimated.”

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