May 31, 2010 -

Starting June 1, 2010, Equitable Life of Canada is offering employers the ability to further support employee health and wellness. By providing access to the following services, Equitable Life will also address employers' needs to manage the cost and impact of workplace absenteeism:

  • FeelingBetterNow® is provided by Mensante. (FBN) is a confidential and anonymous interactive, web-based mental health care system designed to assist family physicians and patients in the early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of common and potentially debilitating mental health issues. FBN will help identify when an individual is at risk for common mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety and alcoholism and will provide patients and their doctors with the practical help they need to treat and follow up on these disorders using medical best practices.
  • The CAREpath Navigation System™ is a cancer assistance program that helps reduce the physical and emotional impact that cancer places on employees and their families by ensuring medical best practices are utilized. When people call CAREpath, an experienced team of oncology nurses and physicians guide each individual towards the right treatment at the right place and at the right time. These professionals help individuals before their first visit to an oncologist and continue to provide guidance throughout cancer treatment, thereby returning them to health and productive lifestyles sooner.
  • WorldCare™ Second Opinion provides expert, timely e-consultations for serious illnesses. WorldCare delivers highly specialized and personalized electronic second medical opinions from the best medical centres in North America to local attending physicians. Second opinions include a confirmation or modification of the original diagnosis and treatment recommendations, including alternative treatments and/or therapies, based upon the latest cutting-edge research from experts from member hospitals of the WorldCare ConsortiumSM.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Ceridian Canada. LifeWorks® Solutions integrates a full EAP program with work-life and wellness services and provides access to support from professional counsellors via the telephone, face-to-face sessions and online. An EAP program allows employees to seek professional support and assistance before their personal issues impact their productivity at work or lead to avoidable absences.

"Canadian employers recognize the value of healthy employees and workplaces," explains Karen Mason, Senior Vice President, Group, Equitable Life of Canada®. "Because of the high cost of absenteeism, group benefit plans need to support employee health and work-life balance and help employers reduce their absence-related costs."

In fact, according to the Staying@Work study from consultants Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Canadian employers will lose an estimated $16 billion a year to absences, identifying a need for solutions that support employee health and contribute to workplace wellness.

Equitable Life introduced™ in 2009 as part of all group benefit plans to address this need. (EquitableSante.caMC) connects employees with online, reliable, Canadian health and wellness resources through the Equitable HealthConnector™ platform.

"Online resources support employees in their efforts to be at their best at home and can help with workplace absenteeism and productivity issues," adds Mike Waechter, Director, Group Marketing. "With an aging workforce, rising mental health issues and challenges, increasing cases of cancer and other serious illnesses, we needed to provide the next step in health and wellness solutions."

"By partnering with leading health and wellness service providers, we can now offer Canadian employers solutions to the costs and impacts of workplace absenteeism," says Mason. "By providing access to services that can support employee health and work-life balance challenges, employers will benefit from a more productive and present workforce and in turn reduce the impacts of avoidable absences."

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Mike Waechter
Director, Group Marketing
Direct Line: 519.904.8090