Pacific Blue Cross offers WorldCare’s second medical opinion service to its group clients

Pacific Blue Cross offers WorldCare’s second medical opinion service to its group clients


Boston, December 4, 2015


Pacific Blue Cross recently signed an agreement with WorldCare International, Inc. (WorldCare) to provide second medical opinion services to their group clients in British Columbia.
WorldCare will provide second medical opinion services to Pacific Blue Cross group plan members under the age of 85. When a plan member is diagnosed with a serious health condition, this service provides the member and their treating physician with access to a second medical opinion from a network of leading specialists in North America’s top-ranked teaching and research hospitals, which comprise the WorldCare Consortium®. This team of specialists reviews and confirms the member’s original diagnosis and provides treatment plan recommendations. The entire process is overseen by WorldCare’s Canadian-based Global Medical Director, Dr. Richard Heinzl and a Canadian-based Nurse Manager. The service empowers Pacific Blue Cross plan members and their treating physicians with the information and resources needed to make the most informed medical decisions possible.
“We are delighted to provide this important service to Pacific Blue Cross and their members. Pacific Blue Cross continues to demonstrate their commitment to provide best in class services for their members. We believe this is the beginning of a long-term strategic relationship that will drive many cutting-edge initiatives in the future. said Hassan Sharif, Hassan S. Sharif, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, WorldCare International, Inc.
“Our members come first. This partnership means we will be able to offer our members the best in care and access to top-ranked teaching and research hospitals in North America” says Shelley Kee, Senior Vice-President, Group Business, Pacific Blue Cross.
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About WorldCare International, Inc.

WorldCare’s mission is to improve the quality of health care worldwide by maximizing timely, efficient and strategic access to the best in health care. For over 20 years, WorldCare has empowered members and physicians with the clinical information and resources needed to make more informed medical decisions. WorldCare’s online medical second opinion service does this by digitally connecting millions of members worldwide with specialists at world-class medical centers within the WorldCare Consortium®. These teams of specialists and sub-specialists, with the experience that best matches each member’s needs, review the member’s medical records and diagnostics, confirm the diagnosis, recommend optimal treatments and empower members and their treating physicians with the information and resources needed to make informed medical decisions. WorldCare’s services are available through health plans, employers or insurers.


About Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross has been British Columbia’s leading health insurance and benefits provider for 75 years. Our comprehensive understanding of health care needs fuels our commitment to service. Together with our subsidiary, British Columbia Life & Casualty Company, we provide health, dental, life, disability and travel coverage for approximately 1.5 million British Columbians through group and individual plans for those without group coverage. Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life & Casualty continue to meet customers’ needs for innovation in plan design, administration and technology. For more information please visit:

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