Swiss Re and MediGuide announce Asian partnership for medical second opinions

May 21, 2009 (Hong Kong) – Swiss Re, a leading and widely diversified global reinsurer, has signed an agreement to partner with MediGuide as exclusive provider of independent and specialised medical second opinions for Swiss Re’s insurance company clients in Asia.

The Swiss Re-MediGuide partnership will permit holders of these companies’ medical insurance policies to access MediGuide’s highly refined, customer friendly, medical second opinion service which offers independent expert evaluation by doctors from an impressive list of leading medical centres around the world, including the  Harvard Medical School, The Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins in the US, and London’s King’s College, to name a few.   

Once an insured is diagnosed with a covered illness, a single phone call will line up the appropriate medical centre to produce the desired analysis, in writing, within 10 days of the relevant medical records being provided.

Through this service, teams of physicians will provide a thorough review of the policyholder's medical records and tests to ensure the correct diagnosis has been made and optimal treatment advised. Importantly, MediGuide’s programme allows the policyholder to benefit from cutting edge science and the most up-to-date treatment recommendations available regardless of the patient’s location.

Kelvyn Young, Swiss Re’s Director, Client Markets, Asia, said “As the world’s leading reinsurer in the Life & Health arena, Swiss Re is always on the lookout for cost-efficient ways to help our client companies hone their competitive edge. The addition of this second opinion service gives our insurance clients’ policyholders a benefit of exceptionally high quality, along with fast access to some of the best medical experts in the world.

Jack Owens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MediGuide noted, "We are gratified to have been chosen by Swiss Re. MediGuide’s value added service will give Swiss Re’s insurance clients’ policyholders the ability immediately to be in contact with medical experts of an unusually high level of skill and training, at moments of critical need or simply to confirm they are receiving the best medical advice available. MediGuide’s experience is that use of our services has been life extending and, in some cases, life saving. In all instances, MediGuide enhances peace of mind.

The SwissRe-MediGuide is exclusive in Asia, and available also to Swiss Re’s insurance company clients elsewhere in the world.

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