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Health insurance news : January 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Patients urged to consider private dental insurance Essential Healthcare logoConsumers who are unable to access an NHS dentist should consider private dental insurance, an expert has claimed.According to a recent survey for the Citizens Advice Bureau, one third of people in...
  • Nationwide offers Legal & General's insurance NationwideFrom Tuesday 5th February 2008, Nationwide Building Society offers a range of new protection and insurance products from Legal & General. Nationwide Life will no longer write insurance products. The...
  • Brits prefer mobile phones to life insurance Friends ProvidentLife and pensions company Friend Provident, has found that 54% of people questioned in its Protection Survey had no life insurance. Of the 46% of respondents with life insurance, the majority (nearly...
  • Two out of three will not save for long-term care elderly couple long term careTwo out of three people in the UK say they have no plans to put any money aside to fund their social care in older age, research has found. The survey of 1,000 people by three charities - Counsel and...
  • Groupama Healthcare enhances PMI product Groupama HealthcareBuilding on its growing reputation as a key player and influencer within the health insurance sector, Groupama Healthcare has made enhancements to its award-winning private medical insurance product....
  • Friends Provident review may recommend sale Friends ProvidentFriends Provident, which in 2007 failed in its plans to merge with Resolution, is undertaking a strategic review that could lead to a sale of all or part of the company. Sir Adrian Montague, the...
  • Friends Provident enhances its financial underwriting requirements to make life even easier Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has introduced new evidence requirements and increased the limits for financial underwriting on life cover, life cover with critical illness and standalone critical illness cover. ...
  • Towergate buys Britishinsurance.com British Insurance logoBritishinsurance.com has been bought by Towergate for an undisclosed sum. Britishinsurance.com managing director Simon Burgess says Towergate was the clear winner from a number of suitors who were...
  • Westfield launches flexible health cash plan Westfield Health logoWestfield Health has launched a new health cash plan specifically to meet the needs of employers who operate a flexible benefits scheme. The Westfield Flex Health Cash Plan features a comprehensive...
  • Sir Michael Parkinson is the new face of AXA Sun Life Direct AXA sunlife logoSir Michael Parkinson, arguably the nation's favourite chat show host, who is recently retired from his chat shows, and was knighted in this year's New Year's honours list, is the new face of the...
  • New expat health policies for France Eifel tower franceSeveral companies have developed new products for France. Exclusive Healthcare has The Platine Plans designed for people living in France who are not residents or not eligible for membership of the...
  • Colwyn Bay convalescence homes close Medicash logoTwo luxurious North Wales convalescent homes are due to close. The Mary Bamber and John Braddock centres in Colwyn Bay will shut after decades providing care for recovering patients. Medicash, which...
  • Comments on the Competition Commissions PPI working paper The Post OfficePost Office Head of Protection Products, Duncan Caesar-Gordon, comments on The Competition Commissions PPI working paper: "The Post Office has been calling for an open market for PPI sales since...
  • Managers not leading healthy example Bupa logoGood managers are meant to lead by example but when it comes to health many are falling short by smoking, leading sedentary lifestyles and being overweight, according to Bupa's corporate healthcare...
  • Bupa great run series Bupa logoBupa will be continuing its sponsorship of the Bupa Great Run series until 2009. The sponsorship extension makes it one of the longest running sports sponsorship deals in the country. The series is...
  • Bupa welcomes introduction of measures to assess treatment outcomes Bupa logoBupa has welcomed news that the NHS will soon be required to routinely assess treatment outcomes. Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, Bupa's group medical director, says the move is a crucial step in helping to...
  • Workplace Health low priority for businesses despite value of employee wellbeing norwich union healthcareBritish businesses know the value of workplace health but remain reluctant to invest due to a gap in guidance and a lack of incentives, according to a new report out today. Norwich Union Healthcare's...
  • UAE to establish health insurance regulator The establishment of a federal health insurance authority to regulate the health insurance industry across the United Arab Emirates has moved a step closer. Compulsory health insurance for expats and...
  • Royal Liver raises maximum critical illness payout to £1m Royal Liver logoRoyal Liver has increased the maximum sum assured for its accelerated critical illness product to £1m. The insurer made the move to ensure that those people seeking a high sum assured will not need a...
  • Norwich Union reduces prices norwich union healthcareNorwich Union has a series of price reductions across its Mortgage Life Insurance and Term Assurance product ranges. The move is designed to help those feeling the effects of the credit crunch and...
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