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Health insurance news : May 2010

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

  • Rising funeral costs cause more to consider insurance flowers at a cemeteryNew research from a YouGov SixthSense report into the British mindset reveals that over a third of adults in the UK currently have a funeral insurance policy or would contemplate obtaining one in the...
  • Long term care review Carers UKThe new coalition government will establish a commission on long-term care, to report within a year. The commission will consider a range of ideas, including both a voluntary insurance scheme to...
  • InterGlobal offers international PMI plans in Pakistan InterGlobal logoInternational private medical insurer InterGlobal has partnered with leading Pakistan insurance company Alfalah Insurance Company to make its UltraCare range of international PMI plans available to...
  • Employee wellbeing 'could boost performance' AvivaBetter health care could help workers avoid putting their employment before their own wellbeing. A recent study from Aviva has revealed that 78 per cent of employees questioned would consider going...
  • Standard Life Healthcare sold to Discovery Standard Life logoStandard Life has agreed to sell Standard Life Healthcare to a subsidiary of Discovery Holdings. The sale is subject to approval by the Financial Services Authority and the South African Reserve Bank...
  • CUNA launches life policy for building society customers CUNA MutualCUNA Mutual has launched a new life insurance product sold only via building societies, with the promise of paying out valid claims within 48 hours. There are no medical questions and you are...
  • NICE could seal its own fate by blocking another cancer drug National institute for health and clinical excellence NICE logoThe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has refused to allow the NHS to use yet another new cancer drug. The decision has nothing to do with the effect or safety, just that...
  • Fortis improves critical illness cover Fortis insuranceFortis Life has added the Best Doctors service to its Your Life Plan and Real Life Cover plans. It has also made changes to the Your Life Plan critical illness cover, which now includes 40...
  • Aegon says 'Be ready for life' Aegon UKAegon has a new advertising slogan, 'Be ready for life' to highlight the importance of being financially prepared for the future. The insurer will be highlighting the new strap line with a summer...
  • Health insurance needs to change Health insuranceQueen's Speech – Health Bill: “The voice of patients and the role of doctors will be strengthened in the National Health Service.”
  • Changes to benefit system money worries Queen's Speech – Welfare Reform Bill: “The tax and benefits system will be made fairer and simpler.”
  • Insurers need to re-think age expiry dates of policies The QueenUnder current legislation, the state pension age is due to increase to 66 between 2024 and 2026 followed by two further increases at ten-year intervals. The review will re-examine this timetable and...
  • Changes to Bupa income protection Bupa logoBupa is offering premium discounts to income protection customers accepted on the basis that certain conditions, such as back problems or mental illness, are excluded.
  • Legal and General injects new life into critical illness cover legal and general logoLegal & General is enhancing its critical illness product, now incorporating wider definitions for eleven illnesses. These new definitions are aimed at improving clarity for consumers and reducing...
  • Westfield short listed for business award Westfield Health logoWestfield Health has been short listed for a prestigious regional award thanks to its charitable work. The not-for-profit health insurance company are contenders in the Yorkshire Pride category at...
  • Changes to NHS dentistry teeth whiteningThe new coalition government will introduce a new dentistry contract that will focus on achieving good dental health and increasing access to NHS dentistry, with an additional focus on the oral...
  • Hope for cancer sufferers pillsThe new coalition government plans to create a cancer drugs fund to enable patients to access the cancer drugs that their doctor thinks will help them. The £200 million fund will begin in April.
  • New payment protection insurance from brokers BIBAThe British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) has appointed Millennium Insurance as the exclusive provider of payment protection insurance (PPI). The product is only available from broker members...
  • Income protection is no laughing matter Money-Minder logoResearch from comparison site money-minder.com reveals the unusual jobs insurers do not like when it comes to income protection insurance.
  • Aviva supports Mind's Taking Care Of Business campaign AvivaAviva welcomes and supports Mind's new Taking Care of Business initiative that aims to remove the stigma associated with mental health by helping business to recognise that their staff are vulnerable...
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