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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.
  • Home reversion regulation goes live 6 April Financial Services AuthorityFrom 6 April 2007, companies offering home reversion policies must be regulated, as almost every other financial services provider is, by the FSA (Financial Services Authority). Under the new regime,...
  • Long term care more expensive than Eton Saga logoNew research from Saga Personal Finance, reveals that over 50s drastically underestimate the potential cost of long term care for themselves or their loved ones. The Saga Populus panel, the largest...
  • Lifetime mortgages on second homes New Life MortgagesInvestment/Second Home Loans. Specialist provider New Life Mortgages has launched Landlord Loan, Holiday Home Loan and Second Home Lifetime Mortgage products. These provide opportunities for property...
  • Sky-dive for charity sponsors wanted Groupama Healthcare6 Staff from Groupama Healthcare in Letchworth are getting ready for a tandem sky-dive on 29th April to raise money for Dogs for the Disabled. The charity is close to the heart of Michelle Lamptey,...
  • Home reversion plans set to boom as pensions fail to mature Home and CapitalHome & Capital has predicted the home reversion market will grow to 20 per cent of the equity release market on the back of regulation. Home reversion plans currently equate to 5% of the equity...
  • GE Life has unveiled its new name Tomorrow GE Life logoSpecialist retirement services insurer GE Life has unveiled its new name Tomorrow. The brand name, which it is adopting with immediate effect, follows the firm's acquisition by Swiss Re of the GE...
  • Friends Provident celebrate 175 years Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has launched a new history and future section on its website www.friendsprovident.com/175, celebrating the company's 175 year history of progressive thinking and its values as an...
  • Launch of Find and Afford from Homewise HomewiseFollowing the launch of Find & Afford - a unique property scheme from retirement finance and property specialist Homewise, people aged 65 and over are now able to move to a home of their choice at a...
  • Asthma incidents 50% higher among obese asthma sufferer using inhalerObese people are more likely to suffer from asthma, claims a new study. Research conducted by Rand Sutherland of the US-based National Jewish Medical and Research Center and published in the latest...
  • NHS faces abortions 'crisis' bpasBritain could be facing an abortions crisis because NHS doctors are becoming frustrated by women who "can't be bothered to use contraception", experts have warned.According to BPAS - formerly the...
  • Drugs watchdog to review Velcade Myeloma UK logoThe National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has agreed to review the provision of the cancer drug Velcade. Campaigners had questioned Nice's decision to remove NHS provision of Velcade last...
  • Thai seminar highlights medical tourism benefits Thai flagA seminar dedicated to medical tourism has highlighted the main benefits experienced by patients choosing to purchase medical treatment in Thailand.Held on the Phuket campus of the Prince of Songkhla...
  • University students poorly informed about contraception condomsA worryingly high proportion of students are unaware of how to use condoms properly, a survey has revealed.Research by the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and the National Union of Students (NUS) has...
  • Ulster scientists provide stroke rehabilitation boost Ulster universityResearchers at the University of Ulster have developed new techniques aimed at helping stroke rehabilitation.The techniques employ virtual reality to help people to regain the use of their upper...
  • Stick-thin models make all women feel inferior tall thin girlMedia coverage of supermodels makes the average women feel inferior, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that all women feel unhappy about their figure...
  • Stem cell cosmetic surgery therapy in Europe stem cellA surgeon in Vienna has become the first in Europe to use stem cell technology in cosmetic surgery.Dr Karl-Georg Heinrich claims that he can now achieve higher success rates for procedures such as...
  • Demand for private cosmetic dentistry on the rise Girl with orthodontic bracesA growing number of children are getting braces and other orthodontic treatments, the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has said.According to spokeswoman Karen Coates, children are becoming...
  • Philippines 'pushing to the forefront of medical tourism' Philippines flagPatients seeking treatment abroad, known as medical tourism, have increasingly been turning to the Philippines for its affordable but state-of-the-art health services.Due to the rising costs of...
  • Patients seek private treatment as NHS fails to provide WPA logoThe number of patients seeking private treatment is likely to rise in response to lengthy waiting lists and postcode lotteries, doctors have claimed.A report published by Doctors for Reform has...
  • Patients go abroad to escape hospital infections Cyprus - PlaneMany patients have become so scared of the risk of contracting hospital infections in the UK that they are choosing to seek treatment abroad instead, experts have claimed.Over 50,000 British patients...
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