National Life announces Best Doctors(R) Services for e-Critical Illness policyowners

TORONTO, June 12, 2003 – National Life is now offering Best Doctors Services, free of charge, on all e-Critical Illness policies. Best Doctors is a service that connects policyowners with physicians deemed to be experts in their field.

“Best Doctors is the world leader in giving people access to the best medical care,” says Brian Wrixon, Vice President, Individual Sales. “Using its renowned database of over 50,000 doctors recognized as the best by top specialists, Best Doctors provides rapid access to the finest medical knowledge and peace-of-mind to people facing a serious illness.”

When an e-Critical Illness (eCI) policyowner develops a life-threatening illness, Best Doctors works with the treating physician in Canada to gather up test results, diagnoses and other pertinent information. A panel of Best Doctors’ experts affiliated with Harvard Medical School analyses the data before identifying and contacting an expert for the medical condition regarding the case. The expert then recommends treatment options, devises an action plan for the patient and sends a report to the patient’s primary care physician. At the patient’s request, a list of up to three of the top Best Doctors physicians suited to treat the medical condition is provided.

“The key to surviving a life-threatening illness is being connected to the best medical care possible,” says Mr. Wrixon. “By making Best Doctors services available through eCI, we’re providing clients with convenient access to the most accurate and reliable information, optimizing the chance of a successful outcome.”

For further information on e-Critical Illness featuring Best Doctors Services, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

About National Life:

National Life has been a strong performer in the insurance and financial industry for over a century, with a reputation for service excellence and product innovation. Providing individual insurance, group life and health insurance, and retirement and investment products across Canada and in parts of the Caribbean, National Life is a trusted name in the financial industry. Working in partnership with the industry’s top independent producers, National Life’s network of expert resources provides long-term wealth management solutions to clients. The company was rated A (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company, the oldest insurance rating agency in the world and has been recognized as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” for the past three years by MediaCorp. National Life is a member of the Industrial Alliance Group of Companies, with over $17.1 billion in assets under management and under administration.

About Best Doctors(R):

Best Doctors is the world leader in connecting people with the best medical care. Using its renowned database of over 50,000 doctors, recognized as the best by top specialists, Best Doctors provides rapid access to the best medical knowledge and peace of mind to thousands of people around the world facing a serious illness. Best Doctors services are available worldwide serving more than 10 million lives in 30 countries.