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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.
  • Swiss voters reject health insurance reform proposal Switzerland - MatterhornAn overwhelming majority of Swiss voters have thrown out a proposal for a single health insurance company in their country. The referendum was the latest in a series of attempts in the country to cut...
  • FSA tells firms to improve general insurance sales standards when cold calling Financial Services AuthorityThe Financial Services Authority (FSA) says that firms must improve the standards of cold calling when selling insurance over the telephone to ensure they are treating their customers fairly. The FSA...
  • Blair admits he broke pledge on dentists dental patientTony Blair has finally admitted that Labour has failed in its key pledge to provide access for all to an NHS dentist. The prime minister promised in 1999 that everyone would have an NHS dentist no...
  • Critical illness products updated AXA sunlife logoAXA have updated their Critical Illness Cover in the AXA Protection Account in light of the ABI's new definitions, and taken the opportunity to revamp the whole offering. Cover now includes Total...
  • New travel insurance cover for the over 50s Castle CoverCastle Cover is a specialist in finding and providing insurance for people aged 50 plus. They have launched a range of travel policies including a single trip and annual multi- trip policy. On the...
  • Britain becoming a high net worth nation legal and general logoInsurer Legal & General predicts that the high net worth sector will become an ever-important area of the life and critical illness market. This is based on the increase in personal wealth through...
  • Boots launches private medical insurance on the high street PruHealth logoBoots, the UKs leading health and beauty retailer has a new partnership agreement with PruHealth to launch private medical insurance (PMI) in its 1,500 Boots stores. Recent research by Boots...
  • Free cover for children from Tesco Tesco logoTesco Health Insurance is offering customers who buy either a Premium or Core policy, free cover for their children for the first year. "Our product has opened up the market to people who want health...
  • Retired face soaring travel insurance costs moneysupermarket.com travel and health insuranceRetired travellers face insurance price hikes of more than 100 per cent on their 66th birthday, and similar increases on turning 70, according to research from moneysupermarket.com. The price...
  • Travel Agents providing rip-off travel insurance InsureandGoNew research from travel insurance company InsureandGo says that holidaymakers are being ripped off by travel agents when they buy their travel insurance. The research found that on average the cost...
  • New federal law to integrate three health insurance systems in UAE A federal mandatory health insurance law in the works hopes to integrate the Dubai and Abu Dhabi systems under one scheme, once all systems are in place. Abu Dhabi introduced a mandatory health...
  • WPA clarifies its attitude cancer drug treatment WPA logoWPA has clarified its attitude to the use of drugs in treating cancer. The company accepts the use of biological drugs Herceptin and Avastin. Up to 20 advanced anti-cancer agents could become...
  • Travel insurance policies lack cover for UK senior citizens Worldwide Travel PlanSenior citizens often have trouble obtaining travel insurance, especially if they have pre-existing medical conditions - says Peter Stubbs of Worldwide Travel Plan. Many insurance policies provide...
  • New cover for regular visitors to France Recognising that people who travel regularly to France and may have a holiday home there, fall between normal expatriate health insurance, residency status and travel covers, Exclusive Health care...
  • LV unveils enhanced Critical Illness Cover Liverpool Victoria logoFollowing the ABI's Statement of Best Practice for Critical Illness, LV- the new brand name for Liverpool Victoria - is not only adopting the ABI's recommended common generic terms and model wording...
  • Bright Grey introduces new standard critical illness definitions Bright Grey logoBright Grey, the protection specialist arm of Royal London Group, is implementing the new ABI standard critical illness definitions. The new definitions aim to future proof critical illness products...
  • New nutrition and fitness website AXA PPP Healthcare logoLeading health insurer AXA PPP healthcare has launched a new Nutrition and Fitness website accessible through the main AXA PPP healthcare homepage. http://nutritionandfitness.axappphealthcare.co.uk...
  • Saga eyes stock market flotation Saga logoSaga, the financial services and leisure group that targets the over-50s, is seriously considering a stock market flotation. The company has appointed the investment bank Close Brothers to help it...
  • Legal and General launches Progressive Income Protection legal and general logoLegal & General is launching a new business income protection product. It will offer own occupation for the first two years of a claim and then broaden the definition after that to an any suited...
  • Aetna Global Benefits coming to the UK AetnaThe international division of one of the largest US health insurers, Aetna, is coming to London. Aetna Global Benefits (AGB) will expand its current operations outside the United States. The...
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