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Health insurance news : April 2010

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.

  • Friends Provident issues 2009 critical illness claims figures Friends ProvidentFriends Provident paid £34.5 million in critical illness claims in 2009. Of the 624 claims; 578 (92.6%) were paid and 46 (7.4%) were declined. The percentage of claims declined due to non-disclosure...
  • The long term care challenge defaqtoA recent cross party group paper on the long term care funding crisis has made a number of recommendations for resolving the current complicated and rather arbitrary system of providing long term...
  • You will need approved travel insurances if you go to Cuba vintage car on Cuban streetThe Cuban government announced in March that all travellers arriving in Cuba from May 1 and beyond would be required to purchase Cuba health insurance.
  • New travel insurance for people with cancer and genetic disease Insurancewith logoFiona Macrae has teamed up with specialist underwriter Travel Insurance Facilities (TIF) to launch web based Insurancewith to provide affordable travel insurance for those suffering from cancer,...
  • Lockton launches insurance for medical tourism LocktonInsurance broker Lockton has launched an insurance product to cover the cost of medical complications for medical travellers receiving surgery abroad. It is underwritten by QBE.
  • Simplyhealth relaunches consumer dental plan SimplyhealthSimplyhealth has relaunched its consumer dental plan. It has been simplified and focuses more on a preventative approach. This is to bring it in line with customer need and encourage repeat visits to...
  • ALC Health opens in Malta ALC HealthcareALC Health is to open an office in Malta as it continues its expansion plans across Europe. ALC Health Malta will be located in the town of Sliema and all business through the office will be...
  • Zurich increases age acceptance limits Zurich financial services logoZurich UK Life has improved its mortgage and family protection range on life and critical illness cover. The maximum eligibility age for term life assurance has increases from 65 to 83, and the upper...
  • Aetna extends its health and wellness initiatives AetnaAs part of its continued commitment to total employee health and wellness, Aetna Global Benefits (AGB) has launched an online wellness centre for its expatriate members.
  • If travelling to Thailand your policy may not protect you ThailandDue to continuing unrest in Thailand, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has amended its warning to UK travelers, recommending only 'essential' travel. Travelling for non-emergency medical or...
  • VHI must be regulated like all other insurers Vhi HealthcareChambers Ireland has called on the Irish government to level the playing field to deliver a competitive market in health insurance regulating VHI in the same way and at a comparable cost to its...
  • How to combat back pain Westfield Health logoThousands of people's lives are blighted by the misery of back pain each year. A bad back can be caused by anything from an accidental trip or slip at work to the stresses of childbirth, or even just...
  • Patients impatient with the NHS AvivaPeople are turning to DIY diagnoses while they wait to find out what's wrong with them according to new research. A study on delayed diagnosis commissioned by Aviva, suggests that people age 18 to 65...
  • Cigna launches a new private medical insurance plan CIGNA logoCigna Healthcare has launched a new private medical insurance policy for employers with 150 to 400 employees. Smarter Health includes a managed care service that provides access to a nurse throughout...
  • Living to 100 – easy for the super-fit Saga logoA new study suggests that the UK will have more than 300,000 centenarians by 2059, a staggering twenty-six-fold increase compared with today.
  • Pioneer pays 94% of income protection claims Pioneer friendly society logoPioneer paid 94 per cent of income protection claims made in 2009. The insurer has listed the most common cause of illness and injury; muscular and skeletal injuries accounted for almost one in five...
  • Aviva critical illness statistics 2009 AvivaAviva paid out 1499 critical illness claims during 2009, totalling £118 million paid to people in need. The average amount paid out has increased to £79,000 in 2009, compared to £75,000 in 2008.A...
  • LV= cuts some premiums LV= logoOn the mortgage and lifestyle protection range, LV= is cutting prices for term life cover on higher sum assured between £150,000 and £300,000, and accident and sickness rate reductions for lower risk...
  • Medical tourists warned about need for appropriate insurance Cross border healthcareThe Department of Health has issued a timely warning for anyone travelling abroad for dental, cosmetic or medical treatment.
  • Critical illness payouts continuing to rise happy familyMore critical illness claims were paid out than ever before in 2009, as the problem of non-disclosure continued to be eradicated, a new survey from Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts has revealed.
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