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Health insurance : Hot topics

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Does the cancer tail wag the PMI dog? male cancer patientIt is good news for customers who get cancer, that several major health insurers have extended the cover they offer, plus adding a range of services to help them.
  • 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.
  • 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 Pilots, with the winners benefiting from a share of £1 million to help turn around their unloved and unused high streets.
  • 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.
  • Who should control care, the customer or the insurer? NHS logoThe NHS is moving, at least in the political rhetoric, to a situation where the patient will be able to choose which GP to use, which hospital to use, and which consultant to use.
  • Fat lazy unfit smokers beware obesity tobacco alcoholFor the last few years, the government and some health insurers have tried to be nice. They have exhorted us all to stop smoking, eat less, and get exercise. The government has spent huge sums on promoting health awareness, but we are now the most obese country in Europe.
  • Why people will not buy long-term care insurance long term careEvery day there seems a new report, comment, figure or suggestion on how we as a country can pay for the long-term care of people when they get too frail to look after themselves.
  • Older and fitter people but not wiser insurers? travel insurance for older travellersRecent official figures from the government on life and health plus new research from reinsurance gurus Swiss Re agree that we as a nation are living longer than experts predicted a few years ago, and staying healthy longer.
  • Ten things medical insurers must do to take advantage of NHS reform NHS logoWhatever happens on the reform of the NHS, demand for healthcare is always going to increase faster than the NHS can provide it, however much more efficient it gets.
  • Changing the relationship between consumers and insurance providers Houses of Parliament, Big BenMany consumers and consumer groups accuse insurance companies of living in the past, with reluctance to embrace change. So it will surprise few people that the basis of much insurance law dates back to a 1906 act on marine insurance.
  • A seismic week for the insurance industry Equality Act 2010The Equality Act 2010 seeks to end age discrimination in services, and if a provider is unable to provide assistance to a person because of their age, it will be obliged to refer that person to a provider who can meet their needs or a dedicated signposting service.
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