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Hot topics : 2012

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.

  • Making health and life insurance easy to buy Health insuranceThere has been much talk about simple health and life insurance products. It may be easy to get information or even get a quote but it is not always easy to complete the sale.
  • Pop-up dental clinics teethDenmark has brought us great television series, plus excellent books and films in recent years. Now it offers an idea that may work here - pop-up dental clinics.
  • Private treatment overseas is suddenly fashionable Passport2HealthWhile many British people have been going overseas for dental and medical treatment in recent years, the private medical insurance market has taken a dim view of allowing people to go overseas.
  • Can hospitals save private health insurance? The Wellington Hospital: Private hospital treatment in LondonTraditional private medical insurance is in a mess. The latest figures show that for more than a decade, the number of people buying and renewing cover are falling.
  • Be afraid - be very afraid Government Health Insurance PolicyUnless you are an avid reader of legal and insurance technical pages, you will have missed a new draft from financial regulators on product intervention.
  • Strip down the product for lean mean times lean timesCalls for simpler and more understandable health insurance products
  • Can health insurers help revive the high street? Mary PortasStruggling towns and cities across England are being handed the chance to breathe new life into their ailing high streets. Mary Portas has launched a competition to choose 12 towns to become Portas...
  • Rehabilitation cover workplace stressIn the last few years we have had to endure well-meaning lectures from politicians about how we should become more healthy, fitter and even happier.