Manulife Financial signs health care product agreement with AccelMD


    WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation today
announced that its Group Benefits business selected AccelMD, a leading
supplier of healthcare services and solutions, to provide plan member health
care services to Manulife Financial's group benefits clients. The agreement
demonstrates Manulife Financial's ongoing commitment to offer employers a
selection of innovative products supporting employee health and well-being,
and enhancing workplace competitiveness.
    "After a broad review of our strategic alternatives, we are delighted to
announce this agreement with AccelMD. Their expertise and in-depth knowledge
of plan member health care services complements our existing offerings," said
Rick Brunet, Executive Vice President, Group Benefits, Manulife Financial.
"Manulife is committed to being a leader in group benefits solutions and this
new agreement will allow us to offer our clients innovative services and
options to better serve their employees and their families."
    AccelMD will leverage its existing partnerships with two world-class
health care organizations, Novus Health and Worldcare Inc., to help develop
programs and services that will provide Manulife's Group Benefits plan members
with direct access to specialized medical information and care. Services
include current topical health and chronic condition information, consolidated
resources and supporting tools, as well as the ability to facilitate second
medical opinions from leading medical research institutions.
    "We are pleased to partner with Manulife Financial Group Benefits and
help expand their menu of products and offerings with such a dynamic health
information resource," said David Le Penske, President, AccelMD. "Creating
unique solutions that promote greater health awareness and establish well
informed pathways to treatment resources is the basis of our business. We look
forward to a long and mutually beneficial business relationship with Manulife
Financial and to helping plan members navigate their way to better health."

    About Manulife Financial Group Benefits
    Group Benefits offers plans to complement and supplement provincial
health plans, Workers' Compensation, CPP/QPP, and other programs. More than
16,000 Canadian businesses have entrusted their employee benefit programs to
Manulife Group Benefits. We provide coverage for businesses of all sizes, from
two employees to Canada's largest employers. An industry leader in electronic
services and transactions, Group Benefits provides a broad range of coverage
including health and dental care, emergency travel assistance, short and long
term disability, group critical illness, absence management services and
wellness products, flexible benefits plans, life insurance and accidental
death and dismemberment coverage.

    About Manulife Financial
    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$399.0 billion
(US$400.5 billion) as at September 30, 2007.
    Manulife Financial is one of two publicly traded life insurance companies
in North America whose rated life insurance subsidiaries hold Standard &
Poor's Rating Services' highest "AAA" rating and Moody's Investor Services'
second highest "Aa1" rating, both representing financial strength.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '0945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

    About AccelMD:
    AccelMD strives to raise health awareness by providing an exceptional
portfolio of results-driven health care and wellness solutions to improve
health and enhance the quality of life for individuals, groups and
organizations. Our products help manage and reduce health care costs while
increasing organizational health and employee productivity. In addition to
larger groups, AccelMD also offers innovative health memberships for
individuals and families, ready to assist members who choose to pursue
timesaving condition diagnosis or treatment options in the United States,
regardless of age, health history or present state of health. We invite you to
learn more about us by visiting

    About Novus Health
    Novus Health(TM) provides personal, knowledgeable and compassionate
assistance to help Canadians navigate the health care system and access the
trusted health information they need for healthier living. Novus Health(TM)
provides premium content and personal assistance to help members achieve that
goal. Novus Health(TM) solutions are complementary to the Canadian health care
system, and are available in English and French.

    About WorldCare Inc.
    WorldCare's mission is to improve the health of all people by giving
affordable, timely access to quality health care services through a global
network. A leader in the field of global e-Health services, WorldCare offers
highly specialized second medical opinions from the best medical centers in
North America to local doctors for their patients. Over the past 12 years,
WorldCare has handled over 16,000 Second Opinion studies worldwide.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial,
(519) 594-8578,; Cherie DesRochers, AccelMD, (206)
852-8427,; Mira Jelic, Novus Health, (416) 640-5657,; Rebika Shaw, WorldCare Inc., (617) 250-5146,

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