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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Introduces International Medical Tourism Pilot Program
Date:11/12/2008

anage their health care costs."

Members who choose to access this international option will have a dedicated case manager who will coordinate all medical arrangements, including scheduling and concierge travel service. All travel arrangements will be booked and paid for, for both the member and a travel companion. The case manager will also help make arrangements for any necessary post-operative care upon the member's return to the United States.

All hospitals within the international program are accredited by the Joint Commission International, whose accreditation standards are based on international consensus standards and set uniform, achievable expectations for structures, processes and outcomes for hospitals. The program also complies with American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines for medical tourism.

"The market for many products and services has gone global -- why not health care," said Linda Buntrock, senior vice president at Serigraph. "It will be interesting to see the competition for customers in the market for medical services and how many employees in our medium-sized company take advantage of this opportunity once we have the program in place. We hope our employees choose to access the international medical tourism option, which has the potential to greatly benefit their household budgets by cutting down out of pocket costs while retaining their ability to receive quality care."

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name used by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin ("BCBSWi") and Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation ("Compcare"), independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. (R)ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and B
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