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Health insurance news : September 2008

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

  • Virgin Group puts on hold NHS primary care entry Virgin Cancer CoverVirgin Group has put on hold its plans to take over and run GP surgeries in England, casting doubt on the prospects for private involvement in primary care. Mark Adams, who is to step down as...
  • One in four of us will need long-term care Help the aged - logoHelp the Aged point out that people do not like to think they will need long-term care. But once you reach the age of 65, there is a one in four chance that is exactly what you will need. It can...
  • Survey published as new FirstStop advice service is launched elderly couple long term careAs the Government works on plans to reform the social care system, a new survey reveals that two thirds of adults over 35 are concerned about the future cost of care and accommodation facing them or...
  • More use equity release to fund long term care Retirement Plus logoA third of equity release customers are accessing capital for long term care. Research by equity release product provider Retirement Plus highlights the growing concerns people have about funding...
  • Saga comments on the launch of FirstStop Care Advice Saga logo"Saga welcomes the healthy competition provided by FirstStop. To support those struggling to deal with the complexities of the UK care system Saga created its own specialist independent care funding...
  • Equity release must be last resort Which? logoEquity release has grown in popularity over recent years becoming a more mainstream retirement solution – as rises in property values saw many pensioners sitting on large amounts of property cash.
  • Economy hits the nation's long-term health Friends ProvidentThe economy is taking a dramatic toll on the nation's health, diet and fitness and could have serious long-term health implications, according to a new report launched today by Friends Provident and...
  • Dental costs – Brits put less money where their mouth is Vital Europe logoBritons eager to save perhaps thousands of pounds on their dental work travel abroad to get dental work done, from braces and crowns to multiple implants. The main destinations of choice are Eastern...
  • Health-on-Line calls for clarity from NICE Health-on-line logoEarly August saw reports detailing the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to deny access to four specific drugs designed to treat kidney cancer, on the basis...
  • Westfield makes a PACT with charity Westfield Health logoA Sheffield tumour and leukaemia charity has received a £20,000 boost in the form of a donation from Westfield Health. The Parents' Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia (PACT) is a...
  • FSA plans to increase PPI intervention FSA - Financial Services AuthorityThe Financial Services Authority is stepping up its intervention into the poor sale of payment protection insurance after a mystery-shopping programme revealed very few consumers are being told the...
  • L&G launches guaranteed acceptance over 50s plan legal and general logoLegal & General are to launch a guaranteed acceptance over 50s life insurance plan to people aged 50 to 75. The direct whole of life product is not underwritten and monthly premiums for the policy...
  • Questor launches LifeStyle-Excess Insurance Questor Insurance Services logoQuestor Insurance Services, the Internet broker, has launched LifeStyle-Excess Insurance. The new policy aims to give reassurance to customers who may need to claims on policies with high...
  • Are you covered against the redundancy aftershock of the credit quake? moneysupermarket.com travel and health insuranceJob losses are becoming more commonplace in the current climate and many Britons may be looking for options to insure their salary should they be made redundant, or be unable to work through illness...
  • Fortis rescue Fortis insuranceThe Governments of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have invested EUR 11.2 billion in the respective Fortis bank institutions in each country. This is a strong signal of confidence by the...
  • Fortis rescued by governments of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands Fortis insuranceFortis, the bank and insurer, became the latest victim of the financial crisis this weekend, prompting the governments of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to invest a total EUR 11.2 billion in...
  • The Online Travel Group goes bust The Online Travel Group logoOnline Travel Group, a privately owned company that operated websites providing travel insurance and bookings for ferry crossings, airport parking, hotels and holidays, has become the latest...
  • PPI successful claim rate a miserable 11% Which? logoWhich? is cautioning consumers against taking out payment protection insurance (PPI) in the current economic climate. According to Which?, the success rate for claims on PPI is a miserable 11% and...
  • AIG to sell at least 15 businesses AIG directAIG has to move fast because it has a short window to repay the emergency government aid and prevent Washington from taking full control of the company. No final decisions on the asset sales have...
  • Hepatitis C sufferers need a fair deal on life insurance The Independent logoHepatitis C is an infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Most people don't realise they have it, complaining only of fatigue and vague pain around their liver. Many GPs fail to diagnose it....
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