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News : April 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • 1 in 5 put off visiting the dentist because of cost HSA logoHSA's Annual Dental Survey 2008 says that 1 in 5 of UK adults have put off visiting the dentist because they are concerned about the cost. The survey of nearly 1,000 consumers by independent...
  • Brits endanger teeth with poor eating habits Children don't get enough exerciseNearly four fifths of Britons are risking acid erosion of their teeth because of their dietary habits, new research has found.
  • Second marriage for men prompts botox boost woman considering plastic surgeryA growing number of men are choosing to have cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as botox in their 40s and 50s, new figures have revealed.
  • Lifestyle changes 'must accompany obesity surgery' Fatty food link to ovarian cancerPeople who are hoping to achieve weight loss through obesity treatments such as weight loss drugs or obesity surgery must also make changes to their lifestyle, an expert has said.
  • Spire surgeon takes on superbugs Spire HealthcareAn invention by a private hospital consultant surgeon could help to tackle hospital superbugs in the UK.
  • CS Healthcare adds care advice service CS Healthcare CS Healthcare has joined forces with care advisory firm Grace Consulting to offer customers advice on caring for sick and elderly relatives as part of their insurance package Members of CS...
  • Friends Provident withdraws scary income protection mailshot Friends ProvidentFriends Provident has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for sending out a mailshot that could be mistaken for medical test results. The marketing material was sent to...
  • InterGlobal enters Vietnam InterGlobal logoInsurer expands Asia operations to offer targeted international health insurance in Vietnam. InterGlobal, the international private medical insurer has joined forces with local group BaoViet to...
  • Private hospitals spurn NHS Nuffield Hospitals - private hospitalsThe three top UK hospital groups are all reducing their involvement in, and marketing to, the NHS. They are all refocusing on attracting private patients, either self-pay or insured. Spire,...
  • Zurich's paid claims rise by 20 per cent Zurich financial services logoThe latest insurer to defy calls from whinging insurer trade body ABI not to publish figures, shows that such publication helps insurers improve their processes and information to...
  • Medicash to launch dental plan in April Medicash logoMedicash is launching a dental plan for companies in April, which offers cash back benefits for private and NHS dental treatments. The plan covers routine dental treatment, dental accidents and...
  • Norwich Union Healthcare responds to Dame Carol Black review norwich union healthcareCarol Black's review shows the sheer scale of the impact of ill health on the economy. The report must act as a catalyst for a change within the workplace health culture in the UK. A quarter of all...
  • Goodbye BUPA, hello Bupa Bupa logoApril 2008 will see a new logo for the health insurer, worldwide. The group now has a collection of insurers around the world. With a few local exceptions, such as IHI in Scandinavia and Sanitas...
  • Death of the diet day PruHealth logoThe majority of British women's diet and fitness plans for 2008 were long-term lifestyle changes rather than short-term fixes. Many expected their January health kicks to last for, on average, 78...
  • Insurance cover for medical tourists Health Traveller logo120,000 people are due to travel abroad for medical treatment this year. Most of those buying travel insurance will not know that their insurance cover provides little or no protection.
  • Dubai to implement compulsory insurance despite missed deadline Dubai will make medical insurance compulsory for expatriates, despite missing a self-imposed deadline for January 2008. The state with 1.2 million expatriates, is the biggest draw for foreign...
  • Legal & General pays £110 million in critical illness claims legal and general logoLegal & General critical illness claims figures for 2007: 88.2% of claims paid (up from 83.3%) 7.7% of claims declined for non-disclosure (down from 12.1%) £110 million paid in claims (up from...
  • Medical tourists need to mind the gap Post Office Travel Services show that over 25,000 of those going abroad from the UK for medical treatment are unwittingly putting themselves at risk by failing to buy the correct level of travel...
  • Smokers give up for good and pocket a packet in more ways than one Prudential logoSmokers are being urged to consider what they could save by kicking the habit. Not only on the cost of buying cigarettes, but by shaving up to 50 percent off their life and serious illness insurance...
  • The over-60s will soon outnumber the under-16s StaysureOne in five people in the UK are over 65 years of age and most are retired. Not exactly a shocking statistic, until you learn that the average pensioner spends more time engaged in physical activity...
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