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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.

  • European medical treatment on the NHS European UnionYou have probably seen comments from politicians and health officials in the UK in national papers about this. Many of those comments were made before the information was issued. Few actually read the details before foaming at the mouth that the UK was not going to pay for foreigners coming here or for UK residents going overseas. Having studied the documents, rather than the reports or press...
  • Cancer sufferers deserve better from the travel insurance industry cancer cellSometimes you have to feel sorry for the insurance trade body the ABI as they seek publicly to defend the indefensible. The insurance trade has been under attack, mostly from inside, that it is ageist on travel policies. So the ABI looked for a tame newspaper that would publish the truth without asking any nasty awkward questions like us journalists are supposed to do. If we don't ask...
  • Banks love affair with insurance is over Royal Bank of ScotlandAn expert is by definition someone who knows more and more about less and less. Management consultants employ bright young people usually with no business experience - to advise mere mortals of what to do with their businesses. They charge huge fees for the privilege. The world's business press and business leaders bow before their wisdom. They are the modern equivalent of soothsayers or...
  • Travel insurers claim that they are not ageist Private nursing care - elderly coupleSometimes you have to feel sorry for the insurance trade body the ABI as they seek publicly to defend the indefensible. The insurance trade has been under attack, mostly from inside, that it is ageist on travel policies. So the ABI looked for a tame newspaper that would publish the truth without asking any nasty awkward questions like us journalists are supposed to do. If we don't ask...
  • Credit crunch insurance - ten tips for survival prefer to contact insurance companies by phoneWe are all tightening our belts, so it is a good time for our top ten credit crunch insurance tips.
  • How travel insurers are shooting themselves in the foot Britons save thousands on treatment abroadThe insurance industry generally has a bad press. Insurers and trade bodies complain that it is all so unfair and that it is that nasty media not telling us all how wonderful and generous insurance companies are. So what do some travel insurers do when there is a serious risk of having to pay claims? You guessed it; they find ways of avoiding payment. The public tends to ridicule insurers...
  • More barmy ideas on income protection insurance Term Life preferred to Whole Life insuranceWhen a business fails to make money or sell as much as it hoped of a product, everything from the economy to the weather gets the blame. Income protection insurers have failed to attract enough customers. But instead of blaming their product design or pricing policy, they have blamed insurance advisors, banks, the government, the media and even the consumer. So far, the only group not to get...
  • How to get the right travel health insurance and save money Cyprus - PlaneYou need a break. You are ready for your holiday. Just one more thing to do, arrange the insurance. Travel insurance is necessary, and not something with which you should do without. Finding a policy which is not only cheap, but also offers the correct levels of protection for the activities on your vacation can be daunting and boring. Every policy seems full of small print and get-out clauses...
  • Health insurance for UK expatriates in France Notre Dame FranceHonestly, if you have read some of the garbage in both consumer and trade media on the new health insurance rule in France, you could end up thinking that all UK expats are going to be driven home. Let's get rid of the three delusions first. If you are a UK expatriate in France, the changes will not have any real effect if you are one of these:WorkingAbove UK retirement ageBeen in France for five...
  • Twelve countries that are bad for your health Foreign & Commonwealth OfficeThe recent problems in Kenya and Pakistan remind us that there are counties where travelling is not safe. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office draws up an extensive list of countries that should not be travelled to. Insurers look at the government travel advice and decide from that whether or not they can provide insurance to travellers. Insurers also use common sense, as sometimes unsafe...
  • Terror problems on travel insurance Cyprus - PlaneA bomb alert in the UK left thousands of travellers stranded at airports across the country and overseas after flights were either cancelled or delayed. As services slowly returned to normal, many people are counting the cost and wondering whether or not they can claim money back from their travel insurers. Does my insurance cover terrorism? Unfortunately, not in the majority of cases. Terrorism...
  • Lincoln defends new way to cover for care elderly patient long term careAn insurance policy for the elderly who fear being forced to go into care has drawn fire from critical illness experts, but the insurer defends it. Typically, the more the critical illness great and good attack a new idea, the better it is. Insurers have struggled to sell the concept, so get very annoyed when anyone comes out with something that is different from the industry approved products...
  • Brokers warn against online travel insurance disabled touristBIBA, the British Insurance Brokers Association, have released a report suggesting that online travel insurance policies may not provide adequate cover, and may offer you poor value for money compared to traditional policies. The announcement reflects the fact that BIBA believe online policies to provide less cover than what consumers are used to, which is in turn mirrored in their pricing...
  • Ethical health insurance marketing or innovation? Carbon footprint -Ethical health insuranceThere has been a recent boom in 'Ethical' products following on from the success of 'Fair Trade' and 'Organic' but is this all marketing hype designed to boost a company's profits? There is no doubt that the use of any of these labels opens up a totally justified debate on whether they are sufficiently defined to give the general public the assurances they need. Ethical and green issues are...
  • Travel health insurance Ambulance - Travel Health InsuranceAlthough the school holidays have ended, the travel season carries on. Every month we get at least one press release with another new survey which shows people do not bother with travel insurance or fail to check that what they buy is suitable. If you are canoeing down the Rockies, bungee jumping in India, paragliding in France, the chances are that the travel insurance sold by the agent will not...
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