Empire Life announced Oct. 1 that it has added telemedicine services to its Voyageur Global Benefits suite of expatriate benefit plans administered by MetLife.

The insurer says this new service will increase safety and convenience during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving globally mobile employees the ability to speak with a doctor about minor medical conditions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, directly on their mobile device.

The service, delivered by AXA through the Doctor Please! app, provides access to a team of licensed doctors who can provide care worldwide.

"We're hugely excited to bring this timely and convenient service to our globally mobile customers," stated Vanessa Lycos, Vice-President, Group Product and Marketing. "Nearly two-in-five Canadians say they have faced COVID-related barriers to medical care and I'm sure the situation is similar for globally mobile employees. With telemedicine, talking to a doctor is simple, fast and easy – any time of the day or night."