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Health insurance news : April 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Home reversion regulation goes live 6 April Financial Services AuthorityFrom 6 April 2007, companies offering home reversion policies must be regulated, as almost every other financial services provider is, by the FSA (Financial Services Authority). Under the new regime,...
  • Long term care more expensive than Eton Saga logoNew research from Saga Personal Finance, reveals that over 50s drastically underestimate the potential cost of long term care for themselves or their loved ones. The Saga Populus panel, the largest...
  • Lifetime mortgages on second homes New Life MortgagesInvestment/Second Home Loans. Specialist provider New Life Mortgages has launched Landlord Loan, Holiday Home Loan and Second Home Lifetime Mortgage products. These provide opportunities for property...
  • Sky-dive for charity sponsors wanted Groupama Healthcare6 Staff from Groupama Healthcare in Letchworth are getting ready for a tandem sky-dive on 29th April to raise money for Dogs for the Disabled. The charity is close to the heart of Michelle Lamptey,...
  • Home reversion plans set to boom as pensions fail to mature Home and CapitalHome & Capital has predicted the home reversion market will grow to 20 per cent of the equity release market on the back of regulation. Home reversion plans currently equate to 5% of the equity...
  • GE Life has unveiled its new name Tomorrow GE Life logoSpecialist retirement services insurer GE Life has unveiled its new name Tomorrow. The brand name, which it is adopting with immediate effect, follows the firm's acquisition by Swiss Re of the GE...
  • Friends Provident celebrate 175 years Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has launched a new history and future section on its website www.friendsprovident.com/175, celebrating the company's 175 year history of progressive thinking and its values as an...
  • Launch of Find and Afford from Homewise HomewiseFollowing the launch of Find & Afford - a unique property scheme from retirement finance and property specialist Homewise, people aged 65 and over are now able to move to a home of their choice at a...
  • Standard Life updates critical illness Standard life logoStandard Life critical illness policy definitions have been updated to meet those set out by the ABI, and for three conditions Standard Life will exceed the ABI definition: Alzheimer's disease...
  • Greenbee Life Cover launched Greenbee logoGreenbee is a direct selling company within the John Lewis/Waitrose retail group. A new term life policy, Greenbee Life Cover, has been launched. It offers cash lump sum if you die or contract a...
  • Medical treatment in the USA is the most expensive in the world American Express Travel InsuranceAs a strong pound tips the $2 mark, Britons rushing to book cheap trips to the States are reminded that no matter how strong the pound is, medical treatment in the US is amongst the most expensive in...
  • New policy for cancer drugs that may be denied on the NHS WPA logoHealth insurer WPA has launched mycancerdrugs - a new form of insurance giving access to life-saving cancer drugs denied by the NHS. Many cancer drugs are licensed for use by the European Medicines...
  • Gap year cover is essential American Express Travel InsuranceAmerican Express Insurance Services has launched Gap Insurance online for those taking career breaks or students travelling between studies. The Foreign Office has announced that one in four gappers...
  • Quinn Group completes Bupa takeover Quinn GroupThe Quinn Group has officially entered the Irish health insurance market with the completion of its takeover of Bupa Ireland's business. The new company will be known as Quinn Healthcare and will...
  • Bupa launches surprise auction of UK hospitals BUPA small logoBupa has put all its UK hospitals up for sale. The company is Britain's largest private healthcare group. It runs 26 hospitals in the UK which last year looked after 800,000 patients, 5% of which...
  • Winter sports injuries can break the bank BUPA small logoThe cost of treating common ski injuries can vary by over 1000 percent across the world's resorts, figures from Bupa Travel Insurance reveal. A broken leg can cost over £8,200 to treat in the USA....
  • Bupa Individual Protection upgrades critical illness plans BUPA small logoBupa Individual Protection has improved its critical illness plans. The revisions offer customers not only the new ABI Statement of Practice minimum standard for critical illness products, but...
  • Bupa Middle East record BUPA International logoBupa's Saudi Arabian subsidiary Bupa Middle East has just signed its 300,000th customer. Part of the reason for the rise in customer numbers is the impact of compulsory insurance for expatriates in...
  • Bupa response to launch of mycancerdrugs Bupa logoCommenting on the launch of WPA's mycancerdrugs - Fiona Harris, of Bupa says: "When it comes to cancer, finding out what's wrong with you quickly is vital because the sooner you are diagnosed, the...
  • Bupa response to launch of Boots PMI BUPA small logo"Hefty no claims discounts on health insurance premiums may look attractive but could cost you dearly both in terms of your health and your pocket," warns Fiona Harris, of Bupa. "Discounted prices...
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