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BlueCross BlueShield and BlueChoice HealthPlan Pioneer Global Healthcare Alternative

February 08, 2007

Columbia, S.C. -- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina are streamlining access to medical and surgical treatment at U.S.-accredited facilities overseas. Through BlueCross’ Companion Global Healthcare, members will have a single launch point for appointments, information and travel services beginning February 15.

Companion Global Healthcare recently affiliated with JCI-accredited Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, as the first hospital in its overseas network, and with World Access for travel services. The Companion Global Healthcare model is the first of its kind in South Carolina and among the first in the United States.

BlueCross BlueShield and BlueChoice HealthPlan members will have access to the program by clicking on a link on the Discounts & Value-Added page on www.SouthCarolinaBlues.com or www.BlueChoiceSC.com or by calling 1-877-232-0765.

"Including a global healthcare alternative reflects our ongoing commitment to help members seek the services they want at competitive prices," said David Boucher, BlueCross assistant vice president of health care services. "In a flattened world of increased price transparency, an international surgical network is a natural next step for those in our membership who want to travel for medical care."

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