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Health insurance news : February 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Income protection provider launches 'Healthy Steps' Liverpool Victoria logoLiverpool Victoria, the UK's largest friendly society, has introduced a range of health management risk offers to help protection policyholders understand how they can reduce their risk of poor...
  • Friends Provident removes all standard exclusions from income protection benefits Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has removed the HIV/AIDS and war exclusions on its Individual and Executive Income Protection products, making it the first UK life assurance firm to ditch all standard exclusions...
  • Health cash plan provider offers free holiday Foresters logoForesters are offering a no strings opportunity for you to win a Center Parcs voucher to the value of £1,500, to use towards the cost of a Center Parcs short break for you and your family or friends...
  • Survey reveals British concern over the state of the NHS The British feature heavily in Europ Assistance's latest survey into European health habits, needs and concerns, as UK citizens show the most anxiety over growing healthcare trends and condemn state...
  • Banks unfair to payment protection insurance customers British Insurance logoThe mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) is one of the biggest consumer rip-offs ever seen in the UK says Simon Burgess from independent provider British Insurance. His criticism of...
  • Survey reveals problems of stress Medicash logoA new survey commissioned by Samaritans and health insurer Medicash has confirmed that the biggest cause of stress for men and women is money - at 50 per cent for men and 52 per cent for women - with...
  • Paymentcare comments on payment protection insurance market Paymentcare logoThe Office of Fair Trading's decision to refer the payment protection insurance (PPI) market to the Competition Commission (CC) for further investigation is a positive initiative, delivering a...
  • Payment protection insurance market referred to Competition Commission Office of Fair Trading LogoThe Office of Fair Trading has referred the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) market to the Competition Commission for further investigation. This market reference follows an initial OFT study into...
  • BIBA launches new payment protection insurance products British Insurance logoIn a bid to encourage more brokers to include Payment Protection Insurance within their portfolios, the British Insurance Brokers' Association is launching a series of products with enhanced benefits...
  • Insurer welcomes payment protection insurance referral British Insurance logoIndependent provider British Insurance has welcomed news that the Office of Fair Trading is referring the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) market to the Competition Commission. Simon Burgess from...
  • Payment protection specialist British Insurance for sale British Insurance logoPayment protection specialist insurer British Insurance has confirmed it is seeking a buyer. Managing director Simon Burgess says: "The reason for the sale is to expand. We want to grow which is why...
  • Pensioners embrace cosmetic surgery AXA sunlife logoAlmost quarter of a million retirees resort to cosmetic surgery to look young says AXA UK AXA research has found that the stigma surrounding plastic surgery is vanishing with over 230,000 UK...
  • Medical insurance in Saudi Arabia BUPA International logoAccording to Health Minister Dr Hamad Al-Manie, the number of non-Saudis insured is 970,169 and he expects the number to significantly increase following an awareness campaign that is soon to be...
  • Quinn Group agrees deal to acquire Bupa Ireland BUPA small logoQuinn Group, one of the country's largest businesses, is to enter the Irish health insurance market after it announced that it is to purchase Bupa Ireland. We believe our agreement with BUPA presents...
  • Bupa give £1 million to charity BUPA small logoBupa Giving has pledged £1,187,041 to The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute and The National Council for Palliative Care. Bupa Giving is a new charitable initiative set-up to celebrate Bupa...
  • Skiers should take adequate travel insurance BUPA small logoThe cost of treating common ski injuries can vary by over 1000% across the world's resorts, figures from BUPA Travel Insurance reveal. A broken leg can cost over £8,200 to treat in the USA. The same...
  • MPs demand tougher rules for travel insurance Tougher rules are needed to govern the sale of travel insurance as millions of holidaymakers would not be covered by their policies in some circumstances, say MPs. The Treasury Select Committee claim...
  • William Russell re-launches global health plans William Russell logoInternational health insurance provider William Russell has launched two new policies that replace the current range Global Health Elite for comprehensive worldwide cover and Global Health Essential...
  • PMI provider PruHealth passes 100,000 marker PruHealth logoHealth insurer PruHealth now covers more than 100,000 people. During 2006, the insurer grew by 12% per month on average, while adding nearly 65000 people. PruHealth sales director David Priestley...
  • AXA life and critical illness products price reduction AXA sunlife logoAXA has revised its rates for AXA Protection products Level Life CoverDecreasing Life CoverGuaranteed Level Life or Earlier Critical Illness CoverGuaranteed Decreasing Life or Earlier Critical...
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