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Health insurance news : March 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Just Retirement to enter protection market Just RetirementJust Retirement, the rapidly expanding retirement solutions specialist, will soon be in the Income Protection market. There is no detail yet about which products the company will launch, or at which...
  • Nearly four million plan to give up smoking when ban starts Benenden Healthcare SocietyAs many as 39% of British smokers are planning to give up smoking when it is banned in public places in England on 1st July 2007, according to research from Benenden Healthcare Society, a provider of...
  • HSA introduces occupational health and health screening to its corporate health plan HSA logoHSA is relaunching the popular WorkWell plan for businesses to include new key benefits. From April 2007, HSA will offer companies the opportunity to add occupational health and health screening. ...
  • Cost is barrier to health screening for women Prudential private health insurance logoNew research from private medical insurer PruHealth says that four in five women have never been for a full body health screening to detect for chronic diseases, such as breast cancer or heart...
  • New private medical insurance advertising campaign from Bupa BUPA small logoMarch 15th sees the launch of a major new advertising campaign from health insurer Bupa. It will focus on what Bupa can do for you as an individual. Details are still secret, but according to brand...
  • Are you in the wrong job for your personality? BUPA small logoAccording to new research by health insurer Bupa, three out of four Britons could be doing the wrong jobs for their personality. Are you really a zany squiggle but come across as a pushy triangle?...
  • New Bupa advertising targets younger audiences BUPA small logoBupa is hoping to appeal to younger audiences with the launch of national ad campaign Bupa World. The health insurer says the campaign marks a u-turn in ad strategy and admits previous work has been...
  • Bupa blasts off with space travel insurance BUPA small logoBupa Travel insurance is boldly going where no travel insurers have gone before - into space. The firm, which already offers travel insurance in specialist areas such as skiing and gap year travel,...
  • Thomas Cook launches tailor-made insurance Thomas CookThomas Cook has launched a travel insurance solution, firing a warning to other providers that it will no longer allow them to take its customers easily. It has also revealed plans to extend the...
  • Do not go to the Philippines without travel insurance Foreign & Commonwealth OfficeThe Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is making British tourists aware of its travel advice regarding the Philippines. This follows a series of bomb explosions in the Mindanao region of the...
  • NHS staff would not be patients in their own hospitals Nearly two thirds of health staff would not be happy to be a patient in their own NHS trust, a survey shows. The Healthcare Commission poll of more than 128,000 workers also found just 45% felt...
  • New income protection plan for the self-employed Shepherds FriendlyShepherds Friendly, one of the world's oldest mutuals, has introduced a new income protection plan which potentially takes a massive weight off self-employed parents' minds. Shepherds Income...
  • Patients are losing out says BDA British dental association logoOne year after introduction of controversial dental reforms, patients are losing out, says the British Dental Association (BDA). The most radical shake-up in NHS dentistry for over 50 years has...
  • More Government action needed to help 2 million unable to find NHS dentist, says Citizens Advice More Government action is needed to deal with 'dentistry deserts' and reduce the figure of two million people unable to find an NHS dentist says national charity Citizens Advice. A report, called...
  • InsureandGo wants more terror cover on travel policies InsureandGoHolidaymakers are facing an increased risk of being caught up in a terrorist incident, according to US Government data analysed by travel insurance specialist InsureandGo. Figures from the US...
  • RIAS increases age limits RIASFrom Ist May, RIAS, who offer special policies for older travellers, are increasing age limits. For travellers buying single trip cover the age limit rises from 89 to 99. For those buying annual...
  • Tesco offers free annual travel cover Tesco logoFor a limited time only, 28 March to 24 April, Tesco is giving away an annual travel policy to anyone buying a new Tesco home buildings and contents insurance policy. The free policy covers up to...
  • Travellers want more personal assistance Europ AssistanceTravel insurer and assistance provider Europ Assistance has recently undertaken an analysis of major social trends in Europe. Despite developments in products and new technologies, customers...
  • Travel insurers are ageist Age concern logoOlder people over 65 are being discriminated against because insurers are operating an ageist blacklist, preventing them travelling abroad. So says a new report Insurance and Age: Exploring...
  • Life market ignoring special risk cases The Insurance SurgeryThe Insurance Surgery has claimed that many insurers and advisors are ignoring special risk cases. Founding director, Paul Mellor says The potential market is huge, with 1 in 3 people in the UK now...
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