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ATLANTA, August 15, 2002 - Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN) a leading provider of electronic processing services, announced today an agreement to provide transaction authorization and settlement processing services, merchant accounting, and risk management services to HealthCard Systems, LLC.

HealthCard Systems focuses on the transaction processing needs of the healthcare industry by offering a proprietary system that meets the unique needs of the healthcare sector to produce a value added and unified management tool. HealthCard’s proprietary processing system is compatible with most healthcare-specific software programs and supports a wide variety of point-of-sale devices.

“As an ISO customer and Global Payments partner, our company has the potential to become the preferred credit card processor for the healthcare industry,” said David Schwartz, CEO of HealthCard Systems, LLC.

“We are excited about this partnership opportunity with HealthCard, and specifically, industry veterans David Schwartz and Dick Spigai,” said Vaden C. Landers, president, ISO line of business, Global Payments Inc. “The experience, know-how and business expertise shared by Global Payments and HealthCard will make it possible to structure a bankcard acceptance program that meets the unique needs of the healthcare sector,” he said.

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services to merchants, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. Global Payments offers a comprehensive line of payment solutions, including credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing cards, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, check guarantee, check verification and recovery, terminal management and funds transfer services.

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Rochelle Park, NJ, August, 2002 - HealthCard Systems, LLC announced today the endorsement of its comprehensive transaction processing services by healthcare administrative software pioneer Health Plan Systems.

Richard Spigai and David Schwartz, with extensive background in the development of niche-marketing programs in the credit/debit industry, established HealthCard Systems to focus solely on the intrinsic transaction processing needs and requirements of the healthcare industry. Health Plan Systems now joins many other well-respected healthcare industry leaders in their support and selection of HealthCard Systems, which has been deemed the “preferred credit card processor for the healthcare industry.”

HealthCard Systems focuses solely on the unique transaction processing needs of an industry facing growing challenges. Escalating processing costs, unpredictable statement fees and a general unfamiliarity with the inherent needs of the healthcare industry, have all contributed to ongoing confusion and mounting operational costs for individual healthcare providers and facilities. HealthCard’s proprietary processing system has been developed to address these industry concerns by providing cost-effective transaction processing programs that streamline services, eliminate confusion, reduce operating costs, minimize staff involvement, and enhance cash flow.

“Finally, there is a meaningful alternative for the healthcare industry. HealthCard is a company that understands and anticipates our industry’s needs. In addition to an unprecedented level of provider support, HealthCard’s processing solutions are flexible so they’re compatible with most healthcare-specific software platforms,” said Health Plan President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. A. Hassan Mohaideen.

“The ramifications of unmanageable industry costs and other growing challenges are far-reaching to everyone - from patients to providers who often feel the negative effects. HealthCard wants to set a new credit and debit card processing standard within the industry, bringing about an important change that will have meaningful financial and operational impact for all involved. We thank Dr. Mohaideen for his support and look forward to working with his colleagues,” said Schwartz.

HealthCard Systems’ management team is comprised of proven professionals from both the healthcare and credit/debit card industries, who not only recognize the needs and concerns prevalent in the healthcare industry, but more importantly, have developed programs to successfully address them. “Our focus is clear. HealthCard Systems will take the healthcare industry into the 21st century by introducing state-of-the art electronic systems that combine credit and debit card processing with valuable information intrinsic to individual client needs,” explained Spigai.

Health Plan Systems is a leader in the development of administrative software for the healthcare industry and offers a comprehensive suite of administrative software products that allow insurance companies, TPAs, and IPAs to reach HIPAA compliance, quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

Health Plan Systems is one of an elite group of companies to have its software certified by Claredi™, a national third-party organization that accredits entities that send or receive HIPAA-regulated transactions.

Rochelle Park, NJ, May, 2002 - Two highly-successful credit card executives announced today the establishment of their new business venture, HealthCard Systems, LLC.

Richard Spigai and David Schwartz, who have successfully developed niche-marketing programs in the credit/debit industry have now established what is deemed the “preferred credit card processor for the healthcare industry”.

HealthCard Systems will focus solely on the unique and intrinsic transaction processing needs of an industry facing growing challenges. Escalating processing costs, unpredictable statement fees and a general unfamiliarity with the inherent needs of the healthcare industry, have all contributed to ongoing confusion and mounting operational costs for individual healthcare providers and facilities. HealthCard’s proprietary processing system has been developed to address these industry concerns by providing cost-effective transaction processing programs that streamline services, eliminate confusion, reduce operating costs, minimize staff involvement, and enhance cash flow.

“The ramifications of unmanageable industry costs and other growing challenges are far-reaching to everyone - from patients to providers who often feel the negative effects. HealthCard wants to set a new credit and debit card processing standard within the industry, bringing about an important change that will have meaningful financial and operational impact for all involved,” explains Schwartz.

The company’s management team is comprised of proven professionals from both the healthcare and credit/debit card industries, who not only recognize the needs and concerns prevalent in the healthcare industry, but more importantly, have developed programs to successfully address them.

“Our focus is clear. HealthCard Systems will take the healthcare industry into the 21st century by introducing state-of-the art electronic systems that combine credit and debit card processing with valuable information intrinsic to individual client needs,” explains Spigai.

In 1989, Spigai and Schwartz founded NationalCard Processing Systems, a credit and debit card processing company that focused on the upscale niche national market. With clients that included Donna Karan, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci of America, The New York City Ballet and The U.S. Open, NationalCard experienced a gross revenue increase of over 300 percent in the first five years of operation and quickly grew to be the eighth-largest non-bank credit card processing company in the nation. The company earned an industry reputation for excellence in large part for their unique approach to customized software solutions and extraordinary customer service.

In 1993, NationalCard was acquired by First USA, Dallas, Texas, and the pair moved on to form Retail Resources, which was one of the nation’s forerunners in customer database processing and relationship marketing services. Retail Resources’ rapid success was attributable to its visionary management, proprietary software and customized loyalty card programs resulting in an enviable client base that included Bruno Magli, Eileen Fisher, Ferragamo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Culinary Institute of America. In 1999, Retail Resources was acquired by Chicago-based Trans Union Corporation.

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