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Westfield Health reaches scanning benefit milestone

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Health insurance provider Westfield Health has reached a major milestone with the news that 100,000 of its policyholders are now covered by its scanning benefit.

 

Westfield’s scanning benefit enables eligible policyholders to access MRI, CT and PET scans, which can detect serious conditions such as heart disease, brain disorders and cancer early at a treatable stage.

 

Westfield was the first health cash plan provider to offer a stand alone MRI and CT scanning benefit – and remains the only provider to offer a complete scanning service. Once referred by a consultant, policyholders can call Westfield’s scanning helpline and a scan will be arranged on their behalf, the cost of which is covered by the policyholder’s plan.

 

Westfield Health Chief Executive Jill Davies says: “To reach more than 100,000 policyholders is a terrific milestone. This is excellent news for Westfield and underlines our commitment to the wellbeing of our policyholders, as well as to employers tackling absence issues. Westfield has always strived to anticipate and meet changing healthcare needs and develop products accordingly, and this scanning success is a shining example of how we are achieving that. In some cases, this benefit has helped to cut waiting times, thereby providing peace of mind for the customer and facilitating a quicker return to work.”

 

Westfield’s scanning benefit is provided by Alliance Medical, a company with 18 years’ experience in delivering a range of mobile and static diagnostic imaging solutions.

 

Alliance Medical operates the largest fleet of Mobile MRI, PET/CT, X-ray, CT, Portable Ultrasound and Echocardiography scanners in the UK and employs more than 400 Radiographers.

 

Dr Simon Mellor, Medical Director at Alliance Medical, says: “MRI scanning in particular is increasingly being used across even more specialties including oncology, gastroenterology and some aspects of haematology. Thanks to teleradiology and broadband connections, we have the ability to beam images from the scanners to consultant radiologists outside the site, helping us to secure expert opinions quickly and easily.”

Health cash plans: News update: December 2008