Healthcare insurer WellPoint, Indianapolis, and Serigraph, a West Bend, Wis.-based graphic- and printing-design company, have launched a medical-tourism pilot program that will allow Serigraph employees to travel to India for more-affordable treatment for certain common elective surgical procedures, according to a news release.
Beginning in January 2009, the plan will enable Serigraph employees to undergo a variety of surgeries such as joint replacement or spinal fusion at several of Indias Joint Commission International-accredited hospitals. The employer-funded healthcare plan will cover the costs of airfare and accommodations, as well as a dedicated case manager to coordinate travel, medical care and follow-up care services.
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, Serigraph Senior Vice President Lisa Buntrock said. -- by Shawn Rhea