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News : November 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Travel health insurance: Over-50s want to travel more Saga logoPeople over the age of 50 may be more likely to take holidays as they have an increased amount of leisure time, say Age Concern. On average, this demographic tends to be better off financially and is...
  • Standard Life drops takeover of Resolution Standard life logoStandard Life has scrapped its £4.9bn battle for Resolution - a move widely anticipated after a drop in its shares slashed the value of its bid. Standard's move marks its withdrawal from the biggest...
  • Nectar points with Sainsbury's life insurance supermarket shopping trolleyNew customers taking out Life Insurance through Sainsbury's by 29th January 2008 will receive 5,000 Nectar points, worth £25. Sainsbury's life insurance premiums start from as little as £5 a month....
  • PruHealth and PruProtect join forces with Ebay PruHealth logoPruHealth, the innovative private medical insurer, has partnered with eBay.co.uk, the UK's largest online marketplace, to offer Vitality points on items purchased in the Sporting Goods category....
  • Private medical insurance spurred by MRSA MRSA bugFair Investment Company says enquiries for private medical insurance more than doubled in September compared with the August following an increase in hospital superbugs and long waiting lists on the...
  • Norwich Union partners HSBC norwich union healthcareInsurance group Norwich Union have signed a strategic partnership with HSBC Bank that will see Norwich Union underwrite many HSBC insurance policies. The bank, with 1 in 5 banking customers on its...
  • Health insurance is the top water cooler conversation norwich union healthcareNew research, commissioned by Norwich Union Healthcare reveals that the state of our health has replaced our obsession with the weather. Over three quarters of UK adults admit to feeling comfortable...
  • Medicash sponsors Jospice Medicash new logo (small)A Liverpool hospice is holding a water aerobics marathon to raise vital funds. St Joseph's in Thornton, known as Jospice, will take over Crosby leisure centre on January 3 for the event. Organisers...
  • Save money on your life insurance premiums Term Life preferred to Whole Life insuranceProtection specialists LifeSearch highlight five simple ways to save money on life cover premiums. 1 Shop around2 Switch existing insurer3 Act early4 Quit Smoking 5 Consider Family Income Benefit...
  • Troops forced to pay £1,000 premiums for life insurance Troops forced to pay life insuranceTroops are being forced to pay up to £1,000 for life cover when fighting overseas. Faced with rising death and injury tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan, insurers have nearly trebled some of the premiums...
  • Legal & General extends maximum sum assured for critical illness cover legal and general logoLegal & General is extending the maximum sum assured for personal critical illness cover to £1m. Customers will also be able to take out an additional £1m business protection on top of their personal...
  • UK not bothered with income protection legal and general logoSignificantly more people insure their possessions than their life, according to Legal & General. In a recent poll, two thirds of people (66%) said that they have home contents insurance compared to...
  • Health plan will cover Bahrainis United Arab Emirates - Abu DhabiBahraini employees will eventually be included in a compulsory health insurance scheme currently being drawn up for expatriates.But Bahrainis would still be allowed free use of the national health...
  • Insurewithease set for launch Don't get drunk on holiday: Alcohol 'invalidates' travel insuranceA new insurance website is launching with the aim of becoming one of the top personal lines intermediaries by 2010. Insurewithease.com officially launches this month, opening its insurance portfolio...
  • Mouth Cancer Awareness Week oral surgeryMouth cancer has the worst survival rates of all cancers.Less than 50% of patients survive more than 5 years after diagnosis because of the difficulty in detecting oral cancer early. Mouth Cancer...
  • Friends Provident for sale? Friends ProvidentThe likelihood that insurer Friends Provident will be sold or even broken up, increase dramatically as the embattled insurer embarks on a full-scale two-month strategic review after the departure of...
  • Income protection rip-off in the Public Sector Term Life preferred to Whole Life insurancePublic Sector workers are ripped-off by protection insurance policies they cannot claim on due to the employee benefits they receive, according to Ant Insurance. John Needham, Director of Ant...
  • Brits value mobiles and pets over income protection AllergySix out of ten Brits would refuse to part with their mobile in exchange for free income protection insurance, according to the results of the Protection Survey from Friends Provident. Indeed, Brits...
  • Non-disclosure is five times higher for paper applications AXA sunlife logoConsumers are five times more likely not to disclose important medical and lifestyle information on paper applications than with tele-underwritten applications. AXA analysed data from more than 9,500...
  • India to invest $6.5bn in medical tourism India Indian hospital treats rejected NHS patientsThe Indian government has announced that it plans to invest $6.5 billion (£3.14 billion) to encourage medical tourism.Tourism minister Ambika Soni said that "affordable hospitals and budget hotels...
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