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News : April 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • More Brits seeking treatment abroad Plastic surgery abroadMore Britons are travelling overseas for medical treatment than ever before, new research has revealed.According to market analysts Mintel, British people now spend around £60 million every year on...
  • Cancer is Britons' number one fear Cancer research logoNew research has revealed that cancer tops the list of Britons' fears, coming above Alzheimer's disease, heart attack and terrorism.The survey of 4,000 Britons undertaken by Cancer Research UK also...
  • Elderly breast cancer patients 'must receive same treatment' Breast cancer awarenessMany older women are failing to receive adequate levels of breast cancer care compared to younger patients, claims a new study. Research conducted by the University of Manchester discovered that...
  • Government shies away from Botox regulation botox injectionMedical experts have slammed the government's decision to back out of imposing regulations on the use of botox.The Expert Working Group on Cosmetic Surgery had urged the government to introduce...
  • Difficult births in obese women due to uterus muscle failure Scientists have discovered that the problems commonly experienced by obese women while giving birth are due to failure of the muscles in the uterus.Nearly one in five overweight women have to give...
  • Standard Life updates critical illness Standard life logoStandard Life critical illness policy definitions have been updated to meet those set out by the ABI, and for three conditions Standard Life will exceed the ABI definition: Alzheimer's disease...
  • Greenbee Life Cover launched Greenbee logoGreenbee is a direct selling company within the John Lewis/Waitrose retail group. A new term life policy, Greenbee Life Cover, has been launched. It offers cash lump sum if you die or contract a...
  • Medical treatment in the USA is the most expensive in the world American Express Travel InsuranceAs a strong pound tips the $2 mark, Britons rushing to book cheap trips to the States are reminded that no matter how strong the pound is, medical treatment in the US is amongst the most expensive in...
  • New policy for cancer drugs that may be denied on the NHS WPA logoHealth insurer WPA has launched mycancerdrugs - a new form of insurance giving access to life-saving cancer drugs denied by the NHS. Many cancer drugs are licensed for use by the European Medicines...
  • Brazilian cosmetic surgery firm in world-wide expansion Cosmetic Vacations logoA leading cosmetic surgery provider is planning to promote the benefits of medical tourism as part of the company's ongoing expansion. ComesticVacations is set to create a network of medical advisors...
  • Gap year cover is essential American Express Travel InsuranceAmerican Express Insurance Services has launched Gap Insurance online for those taking career breaks or students travelling between studies. The Foreign Office has announced that one in four gappers...
  • Quinn Group completes Bupa takeover Quinn GroupThe Quinn Group has officially entered the Irish health insurance market with the completion of its takeover of Bupa Ireland's business. The new company will be known as Quinn Healthcare and will...
  • Bupa launches surprise auction of UK hospitals BUPA small logoBupa has put all its UK hospitals up for sale. The company is Britain's largest private healthcare group. It runs 26 hospitals in the UK which last year looked after 800,000 patients, 5% of which...
  • Winter sports injuries can break the bank BUPA small logoThe cost of treating common ski injuries can vary by over 1000 percent across the world's resorts, figures from Bupa Travel Insurance reveal. A broken leg can cost over £8,200 to treat in the USA....
  • Bupa Individual Protection upgrades critical illness plans BUPA small logoBupa Individual Protection has improved its critical illness plans. The revisions offer customers not only the new ABI Statement of Practice minimum standard for critical illness products, but...
  • Bupa Middle East record BUPA International logoBupa's Saudi Arabian subsidiary Bupa Middle East has just signed its 300,000th customer. Part of the reason for the rise in customer numbers is the impact of compulsory insurance for expatriates in...
  • Bupa response to launch of mycancerdrugs Bupa logoCommenting on the launch of WPA's mycancerdrugs - Fiona Harris, of Bupa says: "When it comes to cancer, finding out what's wrong with you quickly is vital because the sooner you are diagnosed, the...
  • Bupa response to launch of Boots PMI BUPA small logo"Hefty no claims discounts on health insurance premiums may look attractive but could cost you dearly both in terms of your health and your pocket," warns Fiona Harris, of Bupa. "Discounted prices...
  • Denplan launches new quality programme focused on children and young people Denplan logoDental insurer Denplan has developed a new quality programme specifically for the oral health needs of child patients. The Excel Accreditation Programme for Children and Young People is a totally new...
  • Chase Templeton Group acquire PMI specialist Redferns Insurance Services Chase Templeton logoIsle of Man based Chase Templeton Group has completed its latest acquisition with the purchase of Kent based PMI specialist Redferns Insurance Services for an undisclosed sum."The purchase of...
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