SOURCE: Best Doctors

December 11, 2007 10:20 ET

Genzyme Selects Best Doctors Healthcare Benefit Program for Employees

Workforce and Their Families Receive Benefit to Ensure They Get the Right Care

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) - Best Doctors®, Inc., the trusted medical resource for ensuring patients with serious illnesses have the right diagnosis and the right treatment, today announced that Genzyme Corporation, one of the world's leading biotechnology companies, has made the Best Doctors unique diagnosis evaluation service available to its U.S. employee population. Through Best Doctors, more than 6,500 Genzyme employees and their eligible family members have access to advanced medical expertise when faced with decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of serious health conditions.

Now Genzyme's employees and their families who are uncertain of a serious diagnosis or have questions about their treatment plan can receive answers from world-renowned specialists to be sure that they have the right diagnosis and best course of treatment.

"Genzyme is focused on developing innovative new therapies for people with serious medical conditions," said Susan Mackiewicz, senior vice president, compensation/benefits/HRIS of Genzyme. "We expect that the Best Doctors program will build on our already outstanding employee healthcare benefits and are pleased to offer the program to our employees and their families."

When a patient calls Best Doctors, they are connected to a nurse who listens to all of their questions. Best Doctors compiles the patient's medical information and selects an expert doctor from their database of 35,000 physicians who is best qualified to assist the patient. The specialist examines the case and answers any questions posed by the patient. The findings are delivered to both the patient and their treating physician, so they can confidently choose the most appropriate next steps together.

"We are pleased to partner with Genzyme to offer a valuable service that presents patients with a resource to turn to when they need to be confident about the diagnosis or treatment for their serious medical conditions," said David Seligman, CEO of Best Doctors, Inc.

About Genzyme Corporation

One of the world's leading biotechnology companies, Genzyme is dedicated to making a major positive impact on the lives of people with serious diseases. Since 1981, the company has grown from a small start-up to a diversified enterprise with nearly 10,000 employees in locations spanning the globe and 2006 revenues of $3.2 billion. In 2007, Genzyme was chosen to receive the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States for technological innovation. In 2006 and 2007, Genzyme was selected by FORTUNE as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for" in the United States.

With many established products and services helping patients in nearly 90 countries, Genzyme is a leader in the effort to develop and apply the most advanced technologies in the life sciences. The company's products and services are focused on rare inherited disorders, kidney disease, orthopaedics, cancer, transplant, and diagnostic testing. Genzyme's commitment to innovation continues today with a substantial development program focused on these fields, as well as immune disease, infectious disease, and other areas of unmet medical need.

About Best Doctors

Best Doctors® is the trusted medical resource for ensuring patients have the right diagnosis and the right treatment. The Company serves employers, insurers and health plans by dramatically improving the quality of healthcare at the point of treatment for individuals with serious illnesses and injuries. Founded in 1989 by two Harvard Medical School professors, Best Doctors serves more than 260 insurers, employers and health plans, touching 10 million people in 30 countries. For more information, visit or call 1-800-223-5003.

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