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Hot topics : 2009

In "Hot topics", Ian Youngman, Private Healthcare UK's health insurance writer, examines some of the key issues that affect health insurance coverage and premiums.

  • NICE or nasty? National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoIf hospitals or doctors were able to use any treatment or drug they wanted, they would be under huge pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to use freebies and trials. Someone, somewhere has to...
  • Insurers need to amend age limits Prudential logoMany insurers still have life, critical illness and income protection policies that stop paying out or cease cover, at state retirement age. Many more refuse to accept new business from people over...
  • The future of private health insurance and the NHS NHS logoNHS Confederation, the independent membership body, outlines in the conclusion of a report on the health service, the problems faced by the NHS in the spending squeeze,” The need to address the...
  • Should health and life insurance be postcode rated? AvivaAviva may be adding a postcode element to its life insurance premiums. The insurer is currently trialling the use of postcodes to illuminate the personal circumstances of its life customers, having...
  • An older population will make insurers change Prostate surgery - Get a quote now The government has launched a strategy "Building a Society for All Ages", to help Britain prepare for our ageing society. It is long on political hot air and short on actual detail of what this means...
  • The future of the NHS and private health insurance Health insuranceNHS Confederation, the independent membership body, outlines in the conclusion of a report on the health service, the problems faced by the NHS in the spending squeeze,” The need to address the...
  • The problem of cancer on critical illness insurance Breast cancer - breast examinationCritical illness insurance began on the basis that it was cover should someone get a horrible illness. Nearly every person was expected to die. The aim was to bring comfort in their final years and...
  • Insurers ignore an expanding market for obesity treatment Pre-obesity-surgical weight loss linked to shorter hospital stayBariatric surgery continues to struggle for legitimacy in the medical industry. Weight-loss procedures are still tainted by accusations of faddishness and tabloid stories of gory malpractice. But...
  • Health insurers must offer Value policies Buy insurance onlineGetting individuals to see the advantages of private medical insurance and persuading them to buy, has always been hard. In these dark times it is harder still.
  • Should you insure for redundancy? UnemploymentUnemployment insurance could help soften the blow of losing your job by giving you much-needed income while you search for another. It is no use if you already know or suspect you will be losing...
  • Compulsory old age cover? Rise of the 100-year-old people A report in The Telegraph has revived the ridiculous suggestion that the government will introduce compulsory long-term care insurance. Every adult could be forced to take out private insurance to...