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TMCNet:  MetLife and Healthscope Make It Easier for Expatriates to Access Quality Healthcare in Australia

[December 06, 2012]

MetLife and Healthscope Make It Easier for Expatriates to Access Quality Healthcare in Australia

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

MetLife, a leading provider of global employee benefit solutions, announced today a new agreement with Healthscope, a leading integrated healthcare company with hospitals, medical centers and pathology clinics throughout all of Australia's states and territories. Multinational corporations with expatriate employees in Australia can now access high-quality healthcare at more than 100 locations across the continent.

The agreement offers MetLife's expatriate benefits customers direct settlement of their covered healthcare expenses through Healthscope's comprehensive portfolio of healthcare facilities. Healthscope operates more than 4,500 inpatient beds in 44 hospitals and 60 medical centers that serve more than 2.5 million patients annually.

"As multinationals grow globally, so will their workforce. This new agreement with Healthscope will help meet the need for expatriate benefits for this expanding global workforce," said David Nagengast, assistant vice president, Expatriate Benefits, Global Employee Benefits at MetLife. "Our top priority is to offer MetLife's expatriate customers access to quality healthcare in their country of assignment. Not only does this agreement accomplish this, it also may reduce our customers' out-of-pocket expense when obtaining care in Australia."

Mark Briscoe, general manager of Corporate Services, Healthscope said, "This new agreement gives MetLife customer access to Healthscope's quality healthcare services Australia-wide. We see this partnership as a good fit with Healthscope's leading position in Australian healthcare and MetLife's leadership position in the global employee benefits space."

"Through our rigorous selection process, we have now identified high-quality healthcare providers for our customers in more than 160 countries around the world. The expansion of MetLife's expatriate platform in Australia adds to our seamless overseas care for our members and accelerates our momentum in the expatriate business segment," Nagengast added.

MetLife has been a provider of expatriate programs for more than 35 years, offering products such as medical, dental, life, accidental death and dismemberment, disability, vision, prescription drug, international employee assistance, as well as short-term travel solutions through the International Business Travel Medical (IBTM) plan. Expatriate Benefits products are underwritten by Delaware American Life Insurance Company (DelAmLife), a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc., and are not available in all states in the U.S.

To learn more about MetLife Expatriate Benefits, visit www.metlifeexpat.com.

About Healthscope

With hospitals, medical centers and pathology collection centers across Australia, Healthscope offers the most comprehensive range of private healthcare services in Australia.

Healthscope operates over 4,500 inpatient beds across 33 acute hospitals, four dedicated mental health hospitals and four rehabilitation facilities, and manages three acute hospitals on behalf of the ACHA Group in South Australia.

In addition, Healthscope operates 18 residential care houses for clients with acquired brain injury, a leading pathology business with facilities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia, and 60 medical centers and specialized skin clinics across Australia.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.


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