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Health insurance news : May 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.
  • Growing acceptance of individuals' role in paying for care elderly patient long term careThe first Caring Choices event has demonstrated a strong consensus that the government should invest more public funds in social care for older people, but also a growing acceptance that the...
  • New lifetime mortgage launched for people with medical problems Partnership AssurancePartnership Assurance, a provider of ill-health retirement and care solutions has announced the launch of a fully underwritten lifetime mortgage for people suffering from medical complaints, which it...
  • Long term care system chronically underfunded elderly couple long term careSir Derek Wanless, Author of King's Fund report on the funding of long-term care has commented on the system: The current system is chronically under funded. Budget increases not even keeping pace...
  • Equity release popular among retirees Norwich Union logoA growing number of retirees are turning to equity release to fund retirement according to a new report from insurer Norwich Union. The insurer highlights an emerging trend of equity release, as an...
  • Care system not fit for future generations, says 'Caring Choices' coalition elderly patient long term careOrganisations involved in health and care have come together to launch a major public debate on the future of long term care funding. The 'Caring Choices' coalition is run by Help the Aged, Age...
  • Travel insurance for cancer patients Macmillan Cancer SupportPeople affected by cancer are being short-changed when it comes to travel insurance, says leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Some are quoted double or triple the cost of their...
  • Survivors of cancer 'are exploited over travel insurance' Macmillan Cancer SupportPeople who have recovered from cancer are being exploited by travel insurers who routinely charge them two or even three times the normal premium for a holiday, says a leading cancer charity....
  • Everybody outside for class! BUPA small logoPupils at a primary school in Manchester will be enjoying outdoor science lessons this term thanks to Bupa. Nine volunteers from the health insurer's offices in Salford Quays donned overalls and got...
  • Think you know protection? Think again LifeSearchLifeSearch names the Top Ten rare and unique policy benefits that most consumers don't know exist. Most people know the main types of protection policies available. Life cover pays out on death,...
  • Bupa hospital sale update BUPA small logoAggressive bidding for the UK hospitals arm of Bupa pushed offers close to £1.4 billion after the first round of bids. At least six groups are thought to be involved in the bidding for the 26...
  • Travel health insurance: Cancer patients CancerbackupThe insurance industry must change its policies towards people affected by cancer, Cancerbackup has said. Its call for change has been made in support of claims by Macmillan Cancer Support that many...
  • Norwich Union cuts prices Norwich union health insuranceNorwich Union has cut prices on Mortgage Life Insurance and Term Assurance products in a bid to improve its offering for the UK's 12 million mortgage holders. Those taking policies lasting longer...
  • Summer sale starts early with Tesco Instant Travel Insurance Tesco logoTo celebrate the official start of summer next month, Tesco Travel Insurance is cutting 20% off the cost of all instant annual travel insurance policies bought online. The limited offer is available...
  • Does your travel insurance cover terrorist attacks? BIBAMany travellers are concerned about problems that might arise due to terrorist activities. Although the chances of anything happening are unlikely that's what insurance is all about, so it's nice to...
  • M&S travel money customers can donate to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Marks and Spencer logoM&S travel money customers can now put their unwanted foreign currency to good use by donating it to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Research from M&S Money reveals that on average each person in the UK...
  • Social changes driving female life cover Click LifeThe growing number of lone parent families could be driving an increase in the number of women applying for life cover says Click Life. A study of 250,000 men and women by the online life broker...
  • New policies from Foresters Foresters logoForesters has updated its personal insurance products. The two new plans Lifestyle Protection Options and Mortgage Protection Options have been developed in response to customer feedback, and offer...
  • Medical insurance for treatment in India? India templeAccording to official figures, at least 150,000 people travel from 55 countries to India for medical treatment. These official figures are an under-estimate of the real figures of 175,000 in 2005...
  • Hamilton sold HSBC has agreed to sell Hamilton Insurance Company Ltd and Hamilton Life Assurance Company Ltd to companies within the Aviva group. The Hamilton companies are currently owned by HFC Bank Limited, a...
  • Business awards shortlist revealed Medicash logoThe shortlist for this year's Liverpool Daily Post Regional Business Awards has narrowed 84 entries down to 24. It includes health cash insurer Medicash as well as life and health insurer Royal...
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