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Health insurance news : May 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on new health insurance plans, product developments and scheme changes.

  • Aviva to unite business under global brand norwich union healthcareOver the next two years the Aviva name will replace Norwich Union, Norwich Union Healthcare and Norwich Union Life. Aviva has also announced a major three- year sponsorship deal for Norwich City...
  • Expatriates now have access to Aetna's network Goodhealth logoGoodhealth Worldwide, which was acquired by Aetna in October 2007, is now offering its members access to Aetna's Preferred Provider Organisation (PPO) network when they seek medical care in the...
  • 2007 critical illness statistics Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has released its critical illness claims data for 2007. This is the first full year of data available, since the insurer changed its stance on reckless non-disclosure and started...
  • Discount travel insurance AIG directManchester United fans travelling to the Champions League final in Moscow can benefit from a 30 per cent discount with AIG Direct. In celebration of the team's fantastic achievement, AIG have...
  • Health insurance cover for foreigners? Iran flagAccording to a recent government decision, all foreign nationals will automatically be covered by health insurance upon entering Iran. Foreign nationals holding health insurance from their...
  • Health cash provider HSF extends Irish arm HSF logoHSF Health Plan, a not-for-profit health cash plan operator, has bought the Irish business of rival HSA, for an undisclosed sum. HSF Health Plan currently has over 100,000 Irish customers and...
  • Voyager buys specialist Voyager InsuranceVoyager Insurance Services, the specialist travel broker owned by independent underwriting and broking group Somerville Underwriting Holdings plc, has acquired its long-term strategic partner CH...
  • National Deposit launches hybrid healthcare product National Deposit logoFriendly society National Deposit has launched a hybrid healthcare product aimed at offering small-to-medium-sized businesses an alternative to traditional private medical insurance (PMI).
  • FSA calls for end of misleading insurance comparison sites FSA - Financial Services AuthorityThe Financial Services Authority (FSA) is calling for all insurance comparison websites to provide consumers with information that is not misleading. In an assessment of the insurance comparison...
  • Launch of new ASDA Over 50s Life Cover Asda logoASDA Financial Services asks if it is fair that thousands of people with over 50s life policies could have to pay in far more than their cover will pay out? ASDA pledges to put that right with its...
  • LV= launches new travel insurance policies LV= logoLV= has launched two travel insurance products, one providing annual cover and the other for single trips. Both policies include £10million medical cover, £2,500 personal possessions cover, £500...
  • Saga welcome social care review but urges people to seek financial advice in the interim Saga logoCommenting on the government's proposed social care reforms, Owain Wright, head of long term care funding at Saga says:"We welcome Gordon Brown's decision to hold an in depth consultation looking at...
  • Patients to have their say, thanks to Bupa Bupa logoMore than 35,000 patients across the UK will be given the chance to have their say about their treatment, thanks to a major new survey by Bupa. The results will provide the leading health insurer...
  • Tesco launches life insurance for the Over-50s Tesco logoTesco has launched a new life insurance policy designed specifically to meet the needs of the over-50s age group. The policy will allow customers to leave loved ones a guaranteed tax-free cash...
  • Bupa welcomes MBF policyholders merger vote BUPA International logoThe policyholders of MBF, Australia's second largest health fund, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposed merger with Bupa Australia. In December last year, the MBF Board announced its...
  • National long-term care debate launched elderly couple long term careThe government has launched a six month debate about the future of care and support services. In 20 years' time a quarter of the adult population will be over 65 and the number of people over age...
  • Tesco Health Insurance celebrates birthday Tesco logoWhen it launched one year ago Tesco Health Insurance aimed to open up the market to people who had previously not considered health insurance or felt it was an expensive luxury. This cover combines...
  • LV= highlights improved claims performance LV= logoProtection specialist LV= has published its 2007 protection claims record. 86% of claims were paid across its income protection and critical illness policies. This is an increase over 2006,...
  • William Russell offers free Global Travel Insurance with Individual Globalhealth Elite William Russell logoInternational expatriate insurance specialist William Russell has launched a promotion to give away one year's free global travel insurance to new members taking out an individual GlobalHealth Elite...