GREWAL EYE INSTITUTE formalizes agreement with CIGNA and VANBREDA International Insurance for providing quality eyecare to expatriates

June 25, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Grewal Eye Institute (GEI) announced today that it has established a formal agreement with the Philadelphia based CIGNA International Expatriate Benefits (CIEB) and the Antwerp based Vanvreda International to accept direct payments so that expatriate patients will not have to worry about payment at the time of treatment.
Cigna, which has a 125-year history in insurance, is amongst the leading health insurers in the United States, and its various health plans cover 32 million people in the United States.

Through this new agreement, CIEB and Vanbreda members, as well as the insured international business travelers, will have access to all the facilities offered at GEI. CIEB and Vanbreda members will not have to pay fees at time of service GEI which will now accept direct payments from CIEB and Vanbreda, as well as guarantees of payment for services such as inpatient surgery. This agreement removes the burden of the patient paying a claim in its entirety at the time of service. International patients will now be able to enjoy the benefit of cashless treatment at GEI.

Grewal Eye Institute, a comprehensive centre for excellence in eyecare provides its patients the benefits of global standards in technology and clinical expertise.

CIGNA members will now have direct access to advanced eyecare at GEI including the Glaucoma service, Advanced Retinal Centre, LASIK service, Cornea Service, Squint Service, Pediatric Ophthalmology Service and the Advanced Keratoconus Clinic. International patients can now avail the advantage of world class ophthalmic treatment at GEI, at prices which are just a fraction of those prevailing abroad - without having to worry about whether the insurance company recognizes the treating hospital. With this agreement GEI becomes the first Eye Hospital in India to be recognized as a preferred provider for the US and Europe based Insurance companies.

GEI CEO Dr. S.P.S. Grewal said “It is GEI’s reputation for clinical excellence which facilitated this agreement with CIGNA and Vanbreda International, which pre-selects only quality health care providers as preferred providers for its globally mobile members worldwide. For GEI, this recognition is an acknowledgement of the quality of Indian eye care, which is truly on par with the best in the world.”

About CIGNA International Expatriate Benefits:
CIEB, a business unit of CIGNA International, is the world's leadingprovider of employer-sponsored group expatriate benefits. CIGNA International Expatriate Benefits (CIEB) is a business unit of CIGNA International, the global business division of CIGNA Corporation. (NYSE: CI). . As an expert with more than 25 years of experience in global health insurance, CIEB offers its members access to quality healthcare around the world.
CIGNA International markets life, accident and employee benefits – including health care insurance — in selected markets around the world. CIEB is the world's largest provider of employer-sponsored insurance plans for expatriate employees and their insured family members.

About Vanbreda International:
Vanbreda International is part of Vanbreda, an independent group of financial services providers and consultants. The group was founded in 1937 and is located in Antwerp (Belgium). The group's main activities are insurance brokerage, risk management services and consultancy.

About Grewal Eye Institute (GEI):
GEI is a comprehensive eyecare facility located in Chandigarh India. GEI was founded in 1993 and is proud to be India’s first ISO 9001:2000 certified eye hospital. GEI is also the first eye hospital in North India to be surveyed by the Joint Commission International. A team of 9 full-time Ophthalmologists and 2 Anesthesiologists are committed to providing the highest standards of ophthalmic care at GEI.