Price comparison website has partnered with Thomas Cook and digital health company Now Healthcare Group to enable customers to see doctors on their mobile phones whilst they’re abroad on holiday.

Holidaymakers who purchase Thomas Cook travel insurance through will be provided with access to the Now GP smartphone app, a 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.

Consultations are available for the duration of their time abroad, and the app is free to download for iOS and Android devices.

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.

This  partnership with MoneySuperMarket and Thomas Cook extends Now Healthcare Group’s current coverage over two million people, and is part of the company’s ultimate goal of covering 25m people by the end of 2017.

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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.”