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Russian tourists to receive insurance cover

india Updated: Jan 09, 2010 14:12 IST
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Russian tourists in Goa facing medical emergencies will not have to pay from their pocket now as a Moscow-sponsored medical insurance firm has worked out a mechanism to reach to them within hours of any exigency.

The tourists will be insured with League of Defence and Medical Services (LMD), a Russian Government-sponsored medical insurance firm that has initiated a process of empanelling Goa-based hospitals.

"The company will reimburse the medical bills of these hospitals on the spot, which means the tourists need not spend their own money in case of medical emergencies," Vikram Varma, LMD's representative in Goa, told PTI on Saturday.

LMD's Goa operation stems from the fact that there has been a spurt in number of Russians visiting this tourist paradise. "After Greece and Turkey, which attract five lakh Russians each annually, Goa has emerged as an important destination for them," he said.

The Tourism Department figures reveal that around 45,000 Russians visited Goa last year, while this year the number is projected to cross the 50,000-mark. If this trend continues, the Russians are likely to soon outnumber the Britons visiting the beach state.

Although the insurance scheme is optional, the company officials feel an increasing number of visitors will opt for it after Goa facility begins fully operational.