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News : December 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Obese patients face greater bowel cancer risk Obese personPeople who are obese may be more likely to need bowel cancer treatment in the future, researchers have claimed.A study by experts at the George Institute for International Health in Sydney,...
  • Workplace well-being programmes deliver return on investment Business man at workNew research shows that health and well-being programmes in the workplace can deliver a return on investment of six to one through lower absence rates and improved productivity. The launch of the...
  • Dental insurance demand grows Only InsuranceThe demand for dental insurance will increase significantly over the next few years, according to forecasts by a comparison site. Only Insurance, part of the Only group, will be widening its...
  • American Express creates an essential deal American Express Travel InsuranceAnnual insurance cover now available from just £29. American Express Insurance Services has launched Essential - a flexible, new European annual travel insurance product priced from £29. Four out of...
  • Moving abroad? Don't forget to pack private health insurance Essential Health banner If you're one of the millions of Briton's planning to purchase a second home in the sun next year, a suitable international health insurance policy is likely to be one of the things on your must buy...
  • Bupa Australia bids to be largest health insurer down under Bupa logoBupa Australia has sweetened its bid to take over MBF, stepping up its plan to become the biggest health insurer in the country. MBF is Australia's second-largest health insurance concern, currently...
  • Bupa comments on cancer Bupa logoAs forecasts predict an increase in the number of cancer cases - and in the light of the launch of the Government's five-year cancer plan which focuses on prevention and surgery rather than drugs -...
  • Cleve West backs Bupa for Chelsea first Bupa logoAward-winning garden designer Cleve West is joining forces with Bupa as it enters a show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show for the first time. Innovative garden...
  • Bupa welcomes MBF board recommendation BUPA International logoThe Board of MBF Australia Limited, Australia's second largest health fund, is recommending a $2.41 billion proposal from Bupa to combine the two businesses and create Australia's leading private...
  • Wider range of hospitals for General & Medical General & Medical logoGeneral & Medical announce that the Participating Hospital list now includes over 110 First Choice facilities, following the addition of Aspen Healthcare and United Bristol Healthcare Trust. Aspen...
  • New sports covers from General & Medical General & Medical logoSports+ is available to individual sports players or bought on a team basis, direct from General and Medical. This unique new package is available to many types of sports players and clubs whether...
  • Repayment protection policies at a fraction of High Street prices Paymentcare logoConsumers signing up for payment protection insurance along with a personal loan or switching credit cards to manage Christmas overspending can save a fortune by opting for an independent provider...
  • IHI launches unlimited medical cover on travel insurance International Health Insurance danmark For the first time, anyone taking out travel insurance with international health insurer, IHI Danmark, will have complete peace of mind knowing that they will receive unlimited medical cover through...
  • Gap breaks allowed with new gap cover American Express Travel InsuranceGap travellers need not resign themselves to missing out on special family occasions in the UK as gap travel insurance is entering a new more flexible era. A unique "Gap" policy which allows a break...
  • Bright Grey future secure Bright Grey logoThe future of Bright Grey is secure even after parent Royal London buys Scottish Provident. Bright Grey and Scottish Provident will run side by side as both Scottish Provident and Bright Grey are...
  • AXA cuts rates on half of protection accounts AXA sunlife logoAXA has revised its rates on a number of protection products by cutting prices on 41% of premiums with an average reduction of 3%. Products affected include level life cover, decreasing life cover,...
  • Bristol hip-hop group dance their way to World Dance Championships BCWA HealthcareDark Angels, a Bristol-based hip-hop group, is celebrating as their dreams to compete in the World Dance Championships become reality. After being selected as one of only two British teams invited to...
  • FSA fines Norwich Union Life £1.26m for exposing its customers to the risk of fraud norwich union healthcareThe Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Norwich Union Life £1.26 million for not having effective systems and controls in place to protect customers' confidential information and manage its...
  • Statement from Norwich Union Life on FSA fine norwich union healthcareThe FSA announced it has fined Norwich Union Life following an investigation into a series of frauds committed during 2006. Due to some weaknesses in internal controls, 74 policies were fraudulently...
  • Income Protection claim statistics Aegon Scottish EquitableScottish Equitable are among the small but growing number of insurers who have published Income Protection claim statistics. Sept 2006 to 31 Aug 2007: Total claims paid £4.35m 84 new claims 14% of...
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