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Concerns about superbugs and hospital cleanliness drive demand for private medical insurance

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Fears over superbugs, such as MRSA and C.difficile, and general hospital cleanliness are driving demand for private medical insurance (PMI), according to new research from Bupa.

 

In its 2008 Health of the Nation survey of 1,062 face-to-face interviews, Bupa found that hospital cleanliness still tops the list of concerns with almost three quarters of those surveyed citing clean hospitals as a key reason for buying PMI. Faster access to specialists and no waiting lists are high on the list of reasons. Stephen Flanagan of Bupa, says: "It is good to see that more people are seeing the benefits that PMI offers, with access to drugs and treatments not widely available on the NHS becoming increasingly important."

 

Top ten reasons for taking out PMI:

 

Clean hospitals

73%

Faster access to specialists

62%

No waiting lists/less pain

61%

No waiting lists/faster recovery

61%

Able to see same consultant

59%

Better quality treatment/advice

59%

Able to choose location to suit me

54%

See specialist at time to suit me

52%

No waiting lists/faster return to work

50%

Hospital more comfortable

50%

 

Private medical insurance: News update: August 2008

 

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