Chronic pain is prevalent throughout Western nations and its under-treatment places a substantial financial and emotional burden on patients, employers, insurers, healthcare systems and society in general. It typically takes months for patients to gain access to reputable pain specialists, leaving primary care physicians with the need for diagnostic clarification and help in guiding their patients who suffer from chronic pain along the best treatment pathway, all while these patients await appointments with pain specialists.
In Canada, 1 in 5 patients are diagnosed with a pain management issue, resulting in $62 billion dollars in spending per year and an average 18-month wait time to see a specialist1
In the United States, chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability and costs the US between $560 and $635 billion per year2
In Australia, an estimated 20 percent of adults suffer from chronic pain, costing the economy an estimated $34.3 billion dollars per year3
WorldCare Pain Management service is available globally and is a unique hybrid second opinion that utilizes a multi-disciplinary second opinion evaluation of the underlying medical condition by a sub-specialist from a top-ranked U.S. hospital of the WorldCare Consortium®. Then, an additional pain management review is completed by a pain sub-specialist at the Consortium® facility.
Multi-layer review of both underlying medical condition and current pain management situation
Rapid access to leading medical and pain experts at WorldCare Consortium® facilities
Institution-based, multi-disciplinary remote second opinion
Multi-institutional review if required
Rigorous record collection of chronic pain history
Video-enhanced service if needed
Physician-to-physician guidance with WorldCare support throughout the process
Follow-up questions available up to 30 days after initial review
Comprehensive engagement with member and their treating physician, ensuring the most important issues are addressed
Crucial top-level guidance for treating physicians in deciding the best pathway for patients
Leveraged knowledge and long-standing virtual pain management experience of the WorldCare Consortium® facilities and their experts
How it works
Step 1 The eligible member calls or completes an online form to request service.
Step 2 WorldCare works with the member and their designated physician(s) to gather medical records and sends them to the medical institution best suited to review their case.
Step 3 The medical specialists, along with the pain specialists, review the member’s records and diagnostic material and provide the independent second opinion to the member and their treating physician.
Improved member care and well being
Alternative choices in both pharmacological-therapeutic and non-drug modalities with an understanding of the member’s local medical capabilities
Potential to reduce absenteeism, with members returning to work
Positive impact on member functionality
Cost reduction for members, employers and insurers
Conditions eligible for the WorldCare Pain Management service are determined on a client-by-client basis and typically include a documented period of pain lasting longer than three or six months and may also include treatment refractory conditions and cases that need diagnostic clarification.
Our mission is to improve healthcare outcomes of patients worldwide by connecting our clients to the foremost medical experts at top-ranked U.S. hospitals. And, with over 25 years of experience, our expert medical second opinion service is the gold-standard. Our unique partnership with the top-ranked hospitals in the U.S., The WorldCare Consortium®, along with teams of specialists within these hospitals, enables us to provide expert medical second opinions of an unmatched clinical rigor and depth. We help thousands of members worldwide and their treating physicians have the confidence that their diagnosis is correct and that they are on the optimal treatment plan while reducing overall healthcare costs.
For more information, please call WorldCare at 866.399.9262 or email us.