Mexico City, México – Cleveland Clinic and GNP Seguros have launched an agreement that offers individuals insured by GNP access to Cleveland Clinic’s specialty care areas, including cardiology and cardiac surgery, cancer care, neurology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology, among many others.
GNP Seguros, in its 114th year, is the largest, multi-service insurance company in Mexico, offering specialized products like “Major Medical Expense,” which supports more than 1.3 million insured individuals. The company has enjoyed 20 years as Mexico’s No. 1 “Major Medical Expense” insurance provider.
“This agreement enables GNP insured access to world-class health care provided by Cleveland Clinic,” said Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador in Mexico. “Both GNP and Cleveland Clinic are working collaboratively to ensure that patients and health care practioners in Mexico are aware of the latest treatment innovations now available to them.”
Cleveland Clinic has become a mainstay in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” hospital rankings, climbing to No. 2 in the U.S. this year and retaining its position as the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery for the 22nd successive year. In all, 13 Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the Top 10 nationally, including nine in the Top 3 nationwide.
“Our relationship with GNP Seguros is a natural fit as our global footprint expands and its customers can access Cleveland Clinic care,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “Beginning with the initial consultation, our goal is to provide the right care in the right place at the right time – even for patients outside the United States.”
The announcement comes on World Heart Day. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No.1 cause of death worldwide for adults and accounts for an estimated 24 percent of non-communicable disease deaths, in Mexico, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Cardiovascular illnesses represent a challenge for public health across the world, and Mexico is no exception. It also presents a challenge in terms of financing,” said Mario Vela Berrondo, managing director of GNP Seguros. “The agreement with Cleveland Clinic is a key milestone in strengthening the value proposition of the health insurance products offered by GNP, solidifying our commitment of bringing our customers access to specialized, prestigious world-class hospital partners, while at the same adding value to this reach.”
GNP Seguros reports that in 2015 they received more than 17,000 cases related to cardiovascular diseases, paying out more than 100 billion pesos. Among the more common cases GNP sees include heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, angina, heart failure and cardiac dysrhythmias.
“We feel privileged to be able to offer specialized services to more patients in Mexico as GNP has now made it possible,” said Wael Barsoum, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida.