Thinking of going jungle zip lining or cave tubing anytime soon? Or are you hoping to get up close to lions and elephants on a wildlife safari? Well, now you can buy health insurance to cover you while you take such adventures. Indianapolis-based International Medical Group Inc., which sells health insurance for tourists and expatriates, launched a new product this month with a rider that will cover exactly those kinds of activities. The Patriot Green Group insurance policy is aimed at “international travelers that are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism,” according to a press release from IMG. It makes donations to offset the carbon footprint created by jetting around the world for exotic thrill-seeking. But if a wild adventure proves unsustainable—as when a zip-liner pulls a George of the Jungle and hits a tree—IMG will still help its customers be green even beyond the grave. The Patriot Green Group policy can come with a feature that, when triggered by the customer’s accidental death or dismemberment, will donate $5,000 to “an environmental group that positively impacts global conservation.” Now that takes going green to a whole new dimension.
Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences this fall launched a dual degree for pharmacy students interested in doing research. Students now can earn a doctor of pharmacy degree along with a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences in six years, the same time frame required for the doctorate alone. Butler launched a similar dual degree in 2003, which combined a doctorate in pharmacy and an MBA degree.