The Mayo Clinic and Calgary-based Assured Diagnostics Inc. (ADI) have launched two health insurance options for Canadians wishing to tap into the Clinic’s expertise.
The two new offerings, MyCare Health Benefit Option (HBO) and MyCare Advantage Insurance, are now available to companies and associations as an addition to their benefit packages.
Last May, ADI and the Clinic paired to launch MyCare, an insurance product for individuals and families. Jim Viccars, president and CEO of ADI says MyCare was well-received and soon, employers and associations began requesting similar products for their groups.
“MyCare HBO and MyCare Advantage insurance are in direct response to that need,” said Viccars.
MyCare HBO assists members in obtaining a diagnosis of serious illness and providing diagnostic scans and necessary specialist assessments. This provides more service than the traditional second opinion products attached to many group benefit programs.
MyCare HBO members will have access to Mayo Clinic expertise delivered remotely via an electronic medical opinion consultation, and will have the option to upgrade to MyCare Advantage Insurance at group rates for on-site care at Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Fla., Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz., and Rochester, Minn.
“MyCare Health Benefit Option and optional upgrade to MyCare Advantage Insurance were developed to remove barriers to obtaining required medical services for plan members and their families,” says Viccars.
ADI also has announced that it engaged the services of SOS Resource Group of Ontario to help grow the business across Canada. “We are very pleased to be working with ADI,” says Don Thomson, president and co-founder of the SOS Resource Group and former president of Best Doctors Canada. ”Helping patients and providers get an initial diagnosis sooner and providing them with access to such extensive medical expertise at Mayo Clinic via the MyCare offerings will be extremely valuable to employers, employees, family members, and the medical community.”
The MyCare products are unique in Canada and work to complement and not replace existing Canadian health care systems. Mayo Clinic has many long-standing relationships with patients and providers in Canada. Canadians have been traveling to Mayo Clinic for care since the early 1900s. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn’t require a physician referral.
The new products, as well as the MyCare, the first offering from the two, are available across Canada, except Quebec.