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News: January 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest information on Treatment news.
  • Obesity surgery on the increase Gastric banding Lap bandObesity is considered a disease of epidemic proportions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that obesity has risen by nearly 10-40 per cent in most European countries over the past decade....
  • Origen launches new private medical insurance policy for the over 55s Origen logoFinancial advice group Origen, has launched a private medical insurance policy for the over 55s, underwritten by AXA-PPP healthcare, called Retirement Essentials. Origen is owned by insurer AEGON UK....
  • Expacare give 2 year fixed price pledge for expatriate health insurance From January 2006, Expacare has appointed DKV as underwriter for its individual and business international insurance policies. All customers can now get a two-year fixed price pledge. DKV, the...
  • Virgin Money launches critical illness cover for cancer in the UK Virgin Cancer CoverVirgin Money Life Insurance has launched a new form of limited critical illness cover-Virgin Money Cancer Cover. Costing from as little as £5 per month, the company claims that customers could save...
  • Health insurance compulsory for expatriates The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made health insurance compulsory for expatriate workers in KSA. The law aims to ease the financial burden on the government, which offers free medical services to some...
  • Self employed risk health and wealth Prudential private health insurance logoMillions of plumbers, dancers, vets and other self-employed people are putting their health at risk because they cannot afford to take time off work when they are sick, says PruHealth, the innovative...
  • PruHealth offers free gym membership Prudential private health insurance logoPruHealth, the innovative private medical insurer, is offering six months free standard gym membership at either Holmes Place Health Clubs or Cannons Health and Fitness clubs to anyone signing up for...
  • Standard Life Healthcare launch new health insurance plan for those over 55 Standard Life logoStandard Life Healthcare is launching a new product tailored specifically to the over 55s, making it easier and more affordable for them to access private medical insurance . EspritHealth is launched...
  • Scottish Equitable publish claim figures The latest insurer to publish claims information for 2004/2005 on critical illness, is Scottish Equitable Protect. 72% of claims were paid out, totalling over £21 million.28% of claims didn't pay...
  • Archaic rules on critical illness under review Ancient and confusing contract law which prevents policyholders claiming on critical illness insurance because they failed to disclose unrelated medical information is being reviewed. The Law...
  • Paycare introduces new literature West Midlands based health cash plan provider, Paycare has new literature on all its schemes from January 2005 .As well as minor product changes, they celebrate the change of name from Patients Aid...
  • Health insurance to become compulsory in the UEA A countrywide health insurance law is expected to come into effect later this year. Every resident, including expatriates, in the country must have health insurance cover which will provide them with...
  • Goodhealth changes insurers International healthcare provider, Goodhealth Worldwide, has signed a major new underwriting agreement with Norwich Union Insurance. The deal gives Goodhealth long-term underwriting support for its...
  • Figures for rejection of claims under critical illness insurance Until recently, insurers resisted pressure from consumer groups to release figures to counter anecdotal evidence that many would be claimants were refused. Most major critical illness insurers now...
  • ABI plans for two tier critical illness insurance rejected Proposals from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to introduce two levels of cover for cancer in critical illness insurance policies have been resoundingly rejected by insurers, financial...
  • New campaign to boost private medical insurance A consumer campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the benefits of private health insurance is being launched by the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII) in January. The...
  • Hospital waiting lists still too long Patients think they are still waiting too long for hospital treatment despite recent improvements, a survey suggests. A survey of 3,000 people by the National Centre for Social Research found the...