In a Press Release made yesterday, the recompression chamber network branded SSS (Sub-aquatic Safety Services), in service in a dozen popular dive destinations worldwide, announced that certain facilities in some destinations will no longer accept the Divers Alert Network (DAN) AMERICA insurance as a payment method for hyperbaric chamber and medical services.
The Press Release further indicates that DAN America patients will be asked to pay for services when rendered and later file claims themselves with DAN America for any possible reimbursement, noting that this policy applies only to patients insured by DAN America, not DAN Europe, DAN Southern Africa, DAN Southeast Asia-Pacific or DAN Japan.
DAN has issued a public response to yesterday’s Press Release, stating that this policy is in reaction to a current dispute over what constitutes reasonable and customary charges for hyperbaric chamber treatment. DAN alleges that the rates at this privately owned chamber network are “significantly higher than charges of other similar chambers”.
Divers are advised to check with their insurance carrier prior to travel to secure verification of coverage.
Inquiries about yesterday’s Press Release by SSS may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAN’s public response is located online at: http://diversalertnetwork.org/news/article.asp?newsid=709.