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Best doctors, GS Insurance, CGU, Trundle, NSW

Read this Best Doctors case study and find out more about our offer

In case you missed it, GS Insurance is proud to be able to offer Best Doctors through a partnership with our network (cbn) and CGU.  Best Doctors is exclusively available to CGU Countrypak customers only.

Read below for a real life case study on how Best Doctors works.


“We live a long way from a major city and a lot of our consultations are done over teleconferencing. It was a true facilitation to find out the Best Doctors service works remotely. I’m very thankful for all the help and organization the Best Doctors team did for us.’’


Best doctorsName: Baxter
Reason for contacting Best Doctors: To confirm her son is receiving the right treatment
Best Doctors expert specialty: Paediatric Neurology
Service Used: In-Depth medical review

 


Courtney was having a healthy pregnancy until the situation changed when she underwent her 35th week ultrasound. The results revealed that the fetus had hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid accumulates in the baby’s brain that in cases can cause brain damage.She was sent for an immediate MRI scan which confirmed that the baby had indeed experienced severe brain damage and that Courtney’s child might not survive birth.

Thankfully little Baxter was born and to his family’s relief, he wasn’t sent to the intensive care unit as they had originally expected. However, additional testing confirmed evident brain damage. Baxter wasn’t able to reach his growth and development milestones. He is unable to sit or crawl, communicate effectively through speech, has epilepsy and also has demonstrated signs that suggest a visual impairment. He also suffered from a hearing problem but thanks to the bilateral cochlear implants he had inserted he is now able to hear. His treating doctors officially diagnosed him with cerebral palsy, which causes Baxter to have impaired muscle coordination as a result of his brain damage.

A happy baby, Baxter always smiles and tries to interact with people, but he does require medical treatments and constant follow-ups. One of the biggest challenges Baxter’s parents face, is that getting Baxter the attention he needs from healthcare professionals is difficult as they don’t live close to a major city. They often have to resort to virtual sessions with physiotherapists as well as speech and occupational therapists. Courtney, who was naturally very concerned about her son’s well-being and development, felt she needed to be reassured that Baxter was indeed receiving the right treatment and care. She decided to reach out to Best Doctors, to use their renowned Second Opinion service accessible via her insurer.

The medical team at Best Doctors offered Courtney the support she was yearning for and they collected all of Baxter’s medical information and history on her behalf. The team prepared a clinical summary to kick-off Baxter’s second opinion process and selected a renowned pediatric neurologist with a sub-specialty in neurodevelopmental disabilities to review Baxter’s case. The specialist agreed with the original diagnosis the boy had received and explained that the cause most likely would have been a congenital CMV infection, a common viral infection that can negatively affect the foetus during pregnancy. The Best Doctors expert provided Courtney with a thorough report in which he explained what treatments would be most suitable for Baxter. Courtney couldn’t be more relieved to receive an additional medical confirmation that Baxter is indeed receiving the right treatment.

Thankful for the chance to review Baxter’s case, the Best Doctors expert encourages Courtney and her family to remain optimistic, as the future is difficult to predict. Even though Baxter will always need special care, Courtney now knows they are following the right treatment path.

It took a load of our shoulders to know that we are doing the right thing with our son. This gave us peace of mind that we are not missing out due to distance. It was great to be able to access international studies through the service.”

Source: http://www.bestdoctorsonline.org/marketing/Case_of_the_month/CGUAu/2017_September_Baxter_Paediatric_neurology.html 

tourism insurance, Trundle, NSW, Sandra Stevenson, NIBA, business insurance, hospitality insurance

GS Insurance’s Sandra Stevenson featured in tourism insurance article

We’re pleased to note that our own Sandra Stevenson was featured in a recent NIBA Insurance Adviser national industry magazine for her tourism and hospitality insurance expertise. See below for an excerpt with her comments from the article.

Small towns with big potential

The Australian Regional Tourism Network states that almost half of every dollar spent on tourism in Australia is spent in regional destinations. A lot of regional areas and towns are seeing growth and prosperity based on regular influx of tourists whether it’s for a certain season or for an event.

Sandra Stevenson from GS Insurance located in Trundle NSW says, “Tourism, travel and hospitality risks aren’t limited to the usual beach and winery destinations in Australia. Here in Trundle, NSW, our town grows by more than ten times its size for our annual ABBA Festival (6 May this year).”

She elaborates, “Also, our neighbours to the north, Tullamore, NSW, usually stages its Irish Music Festival at Easter. Events like these for regional Australian towns can make a huge difference to the financial wellbeing of the town and businesses within it, but there are also risks to be aware of that are associated with tourist drawcards like this.” One of the very real risks in Australia is a disaster or severe weather event occurring that prevents festivals like these from going ahead.

“A cancellation doesn’t just impact the event organisers, but it filters down to the local businesses as well,”  says Stevenson.

You can read the full article (PDF) here or find it online here.

Best Doctors | GS Insurance | community broker network

GS Insurance is part of community broker network, which has partnered with CGU to provide world-leading medical advice to our clients.

Best Doctors is an exclusive service that GS Insurance, through cbn, can offer you and your immediate family as part of your Countrypak policy.

Accident & Health International also has access to Best Doctors.

What does Best Doctors do?

Should you or an immediate family member suffer a medical condition, Best Doctors can give you and your treating doctor access to the expertise and insights from a leading international expert in your condition. Best Doctors will perform an in-depth assessment of your condition and ensure that you have the right diagnosis and optimal treatment plan. All it takes from you is one phone call and Best Doctors does the rest.

Being remotely located means you’re not easily able to access leading specialists, which is why Best Doctors makes a real difference and has already helped other farmers get back working quicker.

Best Doctors can help when you’re:

  • Unsure about your diagnosis
  • Confused about your medical treatment
  • Having trouble accessing a second opinion due to location, cost or time
  • Looking for more information about your condition

Best Doctors can even help you to identify who the leading experts are in your nearest metropolitan area.

Key member benefits:

  • No cost to you in using our service.
  • Available for all Countrypak policy holders, their partner, children and parents (including in-laws).
  • Can be used for any condition, injury or illness that affects your way of life (except mental health).
  • Can be used at any time and as many times as you need.
  • Completely independent to any claim, Best Doctors will not share any information with anyone other than you.

Further information

For more information contact GS Insurance or view the Best Doctors website.

3 minute Best Doctors overview (video)

10 year anniversary, GS Insurance, Trundle, NSW

It’s our 10 year anniversary!

How time flies… GS Insurance has now been in business for TEN YEARS!!

Of course we continued on from Brian Goodwin’s establishment of the insurance agency 20+ years before.

That’s an amazing 30 years of continuous service to our community for this agency. I like to think that we must be doing something right!

I sincerely thank you, our valued customers for your support of our business over this time, as there would be no business without you.

To mark our 10 year anniversary, we’ve revamped our logo and getting with the times by establishing a social media presence.

I invite all our community and business customers with a website to contact me if you would like to have a link on our site (and vice versa).

GS Insurance, multi peril crop insurance, Trundle, NSW, Central West

Primacy Multi-Peril Crop Policy

GS Insurance has access to a multi-peril crop insurance product, ‘Prime Guard, put out by Primacy.

Some features are:

  • Covers loss of production due to: hail, fire, drought, excessive rain, moisture or heat, flood, wind, frost, insect damage, wildlife damage.
  • It costs nothing to apply for a quote.
  • Cover is based on your 5 year average yield for that crop type.
  • Minimum area of 500ha (crops to be within 10ks of each other) to apply.
  • Only applies to cereal and canola crops at this time.

Applications close end April, so please contact us asap if you would like to apply.

community news, Central West, changes, office hours, Trundle, NSW

Office hours, upcoming changes and community events

Better scale and leverage, same customer commitment
Just a heads up, by around mid-year, GS Insurance will be undergoing even greater changes when we join a national brokerage. This will give us greater access to more insurers. It will also mean changes in some of our office processes. What won’t change is our commitment to do our best by our clients. More info will follow over the next few months.

Office closed
Please note that the GS Insurance office will be closed on Monday 24th April 2017.

Community events
So far in 2017, GS Insurance has sponsored the Ted Little Ewe Comp, Trundle Rugby League football club, Trundle Grease & Oil Change day, Tottenham Picnic Races and the Tullamore Irish Music Festival.

Events coming up are:
29 April – Marg’s Golf Day at Trundle
6 May – Trundle Abba Festival
May – Parkes M&D Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Central West is a happening place and we love to support our local communities. Thank you for your support too!