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Health insurance news : February 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Bupa International launches new health cover for customers in Latin America and the Caribbean Bupa logoBupa International has launched five new health insurance plans specifically designed to meet the healthcare needs of people living in Latin America and the Caribbean who want cover for treatment at...
  • Bupa relaunches income protection plan Bupa logoBupa's individual income protection plan is now even more affordable and comprehensive, yet flexible enough to meet individual needs. The revised plan includes a number of innovative benefits,...
  • Unum removes last exclusion from individual income protection products UnumUnum has removed the HIV/AIDS exclusion from its range of individual income protection products. The disability insurer now has no standard exclusions on its cover. Linton Penman, head of retail...
  • Ban made smokers quit, survey reveals Benenden HealthcareMore than 1.6 million smokers quit the habit when the ban on smoking in public places was introduced last year, says a survey of 1,022 British adults by Benenden Healthcare, the mutual healthcare...
  • Bright Grey launches bespoke proposition for business protection market Bright Grey logoBright Grey, the protection specialist arm of Royal London Group, has launched its bespoke menu-based business protection proposition for businesses. The proposition offers cover for key person,...
  • Kids go free with Tesco Travel insurance Tesco logoTesco is offering free travel insurance for children holidaying with their parents. The offer applies to customers buying family travel insurance policies in-store or online before the 5th March...
  • Cost of long term care predicted to double in 20 years Saga logoResearch by Saga predicts that the future average cost of a 4 year stay in a care home is set to double from £112,312 to £223,476 in the next 20 years. This figure is based on today's cost increased...
  • LV= launches Cilla Black charity partnership LV= logoInsurer LV= has announced a new partnership with one of Cilla Black's chosen charities. Cilla stars in a TV advertising campaign for LV= promoting the '50 Plus Plan' life insurance. LV= will...
  • LifeSearch launches unique claims guarantee pilot with AXA AXA sunlife logoProtection specialists LifeSearch has linked up with AXA to trial a life product that is guaranteed to pay out on death. The life insurance product, which is being offered by a pilot group of...
  • European Court decision on risk equalisation Irish flagThe European High Court has upheld the Irish risk equalisation scheme in health insurance funding, which requires market leader, the State-owned VHI Healthcare to be subsidised by other insurance...
  • ExpatPlus from Vanbreda International: new in 2008 Vanbreda International logoExpatPlus 2008 plan: Higher benefits Home nursing: number of days are increased up to 100 days for plan Universe.Medical appliances: compensation is increased with €500 for plans Orbit and...
  • Decisions in Ireland Ireland stickerIreland is a very unusual market for health insurance. There are only three insurers - VHI, Vivas and Quinn. But there are no fewer than six current court cases. The legal position is complicated...
  • Three out of four Brits have no will power Friends ProvidentThree quarters of people in the UK do not have a will - leaving their families walking a financial tightrope when they die, says new research from Friends Provident. James Ward, director of...
  • Plans to launch mortage payment protection insurance Shepherds FriendlyShepherds Friendly will launch a mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI) product. Shepherds Friendly claims its policy can help restore industry and consumer confidence in payment protection...
  • Help at hand for Bristol charities BCWA HealthcareCharities in the Bristol area are being encouraged to contact local insurer BCWA to make their case for a financial donation or help from staff volunteers. Last year BCWA donated more than £95,000 to...
  • Friends Provident enters business protection market Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has become the latest insurer to enter into the business protection market. It has launched a Business Protection Plan which includes level and decreasing life cover with or without...
  • William Russell amends products William Russell logoInternational health insurance provider William Russell has enhanced its Global Health Elite plan. Changes include:Oncology (i.e. any treatment for cancer) required on an in-patient or day-patient...
  • Don't get sick, take the right precautions Medicare International logoEveryday illnesses such as flu and colds can play havoc with anyone's lifestyle, but can also have more serious implications for the expatriate living and working overseas. Less well known, but just...
  • Sainsbury's life insurance offers 5% online discount Sainsbury's BankNew customers taking out Life Insurance online through Sainsbury's by 24th March 2008 will receive a 5% discount. Sainsbury's life insurance premiums start from as little as £5 a month. Claire...
  • One in three holidaymakers fail to take out travel insurance NationwideAccording to a recent study by Nationwide, many people are going on holiday without taking out adequate travel insurance. One in three do not always take out travel insurance when they go on...
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