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Health insurance news : October 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Caring Choices in Scotland: Long term care elderly patient long term careIt is five years since Scotland introduced the policy of free personal care for older people. The fifth Caring Choices event was held in Edinburgh to hear direct from older people, carers, providers,...
  • Private dentistry 'may be cheaper than NHS' Care Dental brushing teethPatients might be surprised to learn that private dental treatment can be cheaper than the NHS, but a Cheshire practitioner has proven that this can indeed be the case.Andrew Brown, who set up...
  • Drinking alcohol on holiday may invalidate travel insurance Don't get drunk on holiday: Alcohol 'invalidates' travel insuranceInsurance has a reputation of being dull and boring. Insurers are doing their best to be killjoys. If you drink while on holiday, even if not drunk, insurers may refuse to cover you for any...
  • New travel insurance policy for breast cancer sufferers New Travel policy for breast cancer sufferersInsurance broker Fiona Macrae has launched a travel insurance policy for women suffering from breast cancer. Cancer victim Fiona persuaded Equity Insurance to bankroll the project, which aims to cut...
  • Aetna acquires Goodhealth Worldwide AetnaAetna has completed its acquisition of Goodhealth Worldwide, a leading managing general underwriter for national and international private medical insurance. Goodhealth Worldwide will be a unit of...
  • Combined Insurance launches cancer care plan Combined InsuranceCombined Insurance, a leading and growing accident and health insurer, has announced the launch of a new Care for Cancer Plan to provide protection and financial support for individuals and their...
  • Bupa opens in Ecuador BUPA small logoBupa International has opened Bupa Ecuador, a new company in the capital city Quito. Under other names it is already the leading health insurer in Ecuador.
  • Bupa's new Miami office BUPA International logoBupa International is opening a new office in Miami which will eventually become the central hub for its American operations. Currently trading under various names including BUPA and IHI , with what...
  • Onlyinsurance to launch online PMI product onlyinsurance.comA new online private medical insurance proposition is to be launched by aggregator Onlyinsurance.com. The company plans to introduce a proposition that aims to offer customers the best deal on a...
  • Bupa reduces life and CI premiums BUPA small logoBupa has reduced premium rates for its life and critical illness products. Life rates have reduced on average by 4.5 per cent and critical illness rates have reduced by around 2 per cent.
  • Bupa Thailand and Tesco BUPA International logoBupa Thailand has until now mostly sold corporate health insurance. In a venture unique to the country, it has done a deal with Tesco in Thailand to offer health insurance to individuals. Cover will...
  • Bupa improves NHS purchasing BUPA small logoBupa has been appointed to Department of Health Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC)Dr Natalie-Jane MacDonald, of Bupa, says: "Bupa is pleased to have been appointed to...
  • Tesco guarantee 20% saving on health insurance Tesco personal financeTesco launched health insurance in January and as a special offer to mark the launch of Tesco Health Insurance Finest Cover, it guarantees to cut premiums for customers who already have health...
  • Get fit quick - health insurance alert for UK Westfield Health logoThere's no doubting what the current big issue in terms of UK health is. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is tackling the nutritional content of school dinners, Gillian McKeith reminds fast food fans and...
  • Standard Life and Pearl battle to buy Resolution Standard life logoHours after the board of Resolution recommended shareholders to accept Standard Life's offer to acquire the firm which would see it abandon its Glasgow base, move to Edinburgh, and sell part of the...
  • Resolution insurance set to seek raised bids Standard life logoThe battle for Resolution reopened after the life insurance group's board withdrew a recommendation for a bid by Standard Life. Resolution is likely to ask both Standard Life and its competitor...
  • Mouth Cancer Awareness Week Marbella clinic - dental treatmentMouth cancer has the worst survival rates of all cancers.Less than 50% of patients survive more than 5 years after diagnosis because of the difficulty in detecting oral cancer early. Mouth Cancer...
  • Groupama improves personal accident policies Groupama HealthcareGroupama Insurances has made a range of significant enhancements to its personal accident for individuals and small business owners. Lynn Harris, Head of Customer Proposition for Groupama, comments,...
  • Private medical insurance: Autumn deals UK moneyIf you buy in November, Essential Healthcare will give you £50.00 cash back. What's more, if you introduce a friend you'll get another £50.00 back. Designed to adapt to individual requirements,...
  • Fortis income protection coming in 2008 Fortis insurance2008 will see the entry of the UK arm of Belgian insurer Fortis, into the protection market. The company promises to offer a range of products that will make existing competitor ones look old-...
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