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News : September 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • 'Dramatic change' in perceptions of cosmetic surgery woman considering plastic surgeryCosmetic surgery providers have noticed a definite increase in the number of people opting to have surgical procedures to improve their appearance, it has been revealed.Recent figures from the...
  • Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusion Study reveals widespread breast cancer confusionMany women may be increasing their likelihood of needing cancer treatment by not being fully aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, a charity has claimed.According to Breakthrough Breast...
  • Avocado compound may provide new cancer treatment avocadoNew research has shown that nutrients from Hass avocados can prevent the development of oral cancer, a finding that may one day lead to a new cancer treatment.Scientists from Ohio State University...
  • PruHealth to partner with Boots to make health checks accessible in-store PruHealth logoPruHealth has a new screening partnership with high-street chemist Boots to make it easier Boots PMI customers to undertake health checks once a year within selected larger Boots stores. This service...
  • Older people risk loss of sight eye testSix million people are risking their sight by not going for regular eye tests, experts have said.According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), many conditions can be prevented or...
  • Dental implant patients told to avoid paracetamol pillsPatients who have received a new prosthesis or dental implants may heal better if they avoid paracetamol, a new study has suggested.Paracetamol is one of the most commonly used medicines, but new...
  • Which? slams illegal tooth whitening industry smile after cosmetic dentistryConsumer champion Which? has slammed beauty salons that carry out tooth whitening illegally as they do not employ qualified staff for the treatments. A new trend for Hollywood-style white teeth has...
  • Home tooth whitening kits warning Britesmile tooth whitening service - UKAn investigation by trading standards has discovered that some home tooth whitening kits can contain illegally high level of hydrogen peroxide. A report in consumer magazine Which? reveals that the...
  • NHS dentistry fails Preston youngsters child brushing teethOver half of young people in the Preston area of Lancashire have experienced tooth decay, suggesting that the government is failing in its provision of dental treatment.A survey of children in...
  • International health insurance vital for peace of mind Medicare International logoInternational health insurance is still highly valued by expatriates, according to new research from MediCare International. 70 per cent of respondents in its recent survey said that international...
  • Insurer says 2008 too early passport stampLegislation to make health insurance compulsory for expats in Bahrain is likely to help the private sector grow, says health insurance company Bahrain National Life (BNL). "At the macro-economic...
  • Goodhealth improves International Healthcare Plan Goodhealth logoLeading international health insurance provider Goodhealth Worldwide has announced a number of changes to its flagship International Healthcare Plan (IHP) product. Key new added benefits include:...
  • Care and cover for expats American Express Travel InsuranceAccording to official statistics, 500 leave the UK every day to live or work abroad. Many countries do not offer free healthcare and American Express discusses what happened to one expat who was...
  • Global support centre to open in Copenhagen BUPA International logoThousands of travellers are to call a centre in Copenhagen, where insurer IHI has an international office for travel and health insurances. International Health Insurance Denmark (IHI )in Copenhagen...
  • Bupa International will pay all bank charges on claims settlement BUPA International logoBupa International will pay all bank charges associated with the settlement of claims through wire transfer under its private health insurance policies. This change forms part of a move by Bupa...
  • PruProtection aims to shake up market PruHealthPrudential, Britain's second biggest insurer, is aiming to grab a 10% share of the life, critical illness and income protection insurance market after teaming up with South African group Discovery....
  • Latest results from Bupa BUPA small logoPrivate healthcare giant Bupa banked a 47% jump in profits after customer numbers grew amid buoyant economic conditions earlier this year. The privately-owned company, which specialises in insurance...
  • Bupa health insurance saves man's legs BUPA small logoThanks to my Bupa membership, I still have two legs says Mr Davison of West Sussex, recalling the excellent Bupa-funded treatment that he received when he experienced terrible leg pain one night....
  • Bupa director urges private sector to take lead BUPA small logoPrivate hospitals should collect and publish the same activity and performance data as NHS hospitals, a Bupa director has claimed.According to group medical director Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, the move...
  • Expats risk losing free healthcare in France Eifel tower franceThousands of British expats who have moved to France for early retirement could lose their rights to free state healthcare following a change in social security laws. The warning follows reforms...
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