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News : July 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Low-cost dental treatment from the Kreativ Dental Clinic in Budapest Kreativ dental clinicWith many dental treatments simply not available on the NHS and the cost of private dental work rocketing, many people in the UK have neglected their dental health and shied away from much needed...
  • Bupa hospitals chooses new name BUPA small logoBupa Hospitals have unveiled the name they will use when they become independent from the Bupa Group. Over the next few months, Spire Healthcare will become the new name for the 25 former Bupa...
  • Bupa International offers 24-hour online chat BUPA International logoBupa International's 700,000 members can now enjoy immediate 24-hour, personal access to a customer adviser from wherever they are in the world, thanks to the launch of Webchat. Webchat provides a...
  • Autumn price rises and other changes Standard life logoThe following small rate increases will take effect from 1 September 2007: 3.0% for individual Primecare range, EspritHealth and Choices3.0% for Company Primecare Plus3.4% for Company Primecare,...
  • Young people keener on private medical insurance BUPA small logoYoung people in the UK are increasingly prepared to opt for private medical insurance (PMI) to guarantee they have swift access to clean hospitals, a new study shows. Bupa's national The Health of...
  • Bupa takes training to new levels BUPA small logoA team of intrepid management trainees from Bupa UK Health Insurance have just returned from an intense five days in India where they worked with a charity in Jaipur, the Vihaan project, to help...
  • British in denial about the state of their health BUPA small logoDespite new health scares appearing almost daily and obesity rates on the rise, a staggering 12 million British people do no exercise. In addition, almost 70 percent of people drink four or fewer...
  • Healthcare in the Netherlands A typical Dutch windmillIf you are a UK expat in the Netherlands, or thinking of working there, then you need to keep up to date with the compulsory private medical covers which apply to expats as well as Dutch citizens. As...
  • Scottish Provident brand to be retained in merger Scottish provident logoResolution and Friends Provident have confirmed that the Scottish Provident brand will be retained should owners Resolution buy Friends Provident. The strategic takeover is unlikely to be completed...
  • Travel health insurance tell the insurer everything The holiday season is well and truly here and it is crucial to ensure that you tell your insurer everything to avoid a dispute should you need to claim. Medical information accounts for 50% of all...
  • Standard Life Healthcare launches modular product for small businesses Standard life logoStandard Life Healthcare has launched a new modular business healthcare product aimed at the self-employed and small businesses. The product 'business healthcare' allows a mix and match of benefits...
  • Norwich Union cuts life insurance prices norwich union healthcareNorwich Union has cut prices across its Mortgage Life Insurance range. Darren Dicks, head of protection marketing for Norwich Union, says: "As mortgage repayments are increasing, some people are...
  • Legal & General confirms that it pays some claims with non-disclosure legal and general logoLegal & General, the UK's leading critical illness cover insurer has clarified its position on payment of critical illness claims where there has been non-disclosure. Legal & General's approach: Pay...
  • Regular exercise for a healthy lifestyle Benenden HealthcareThe average Briton gives up exercise at the age of 34, according to research from Benenden Healthcare. The survey of 1,000 adults found that on average men give up regular exercise at age 32, while...
  • Aegon launches reducing life cover for businesses Aegon Scottish EquitableAEGON Scottish Equitable has introduced a reducing life protection benefit to its business protection product. Reducing life protection will apply to guaranteed rates only, while reducing life with...
  • Need for business loan protection Aegon UKAccording to Aegon UK, the business protection market is ready for growth. Most small businesses and self-employed people, who borrow money from a bank or elsewhere, do not protect the loan. So if...
  • Expatriate health insurance urged BUPA International logoBritons leaving UK shores in order to live abroad or spend extended periods in foreign climes have been urged to ensure they have health insurance in place. Bupa International says that moving abroad...
  • AXA Protection to expand teleunderwriting AXA sunlife logoAXA Life says teleunderwriting will form a key part of its proposition in 2008. In particular, the firm says it plans to introduce an online scheduling service for advisers to save them from having...
  • Law Commission proposals The Law CommissionNegligent life insurance claims will be subject to a five-year non-contestability period, the Law Commission proposes. In its consultation paper, the Law Commission says insurers may not refuse...
  • Self-employed income protection unfair Self-employed people's income protection plans are unfair says Alan Lakey, partner at Highclere Financial Services. Speaking at the Protection Review conference, he said self-employed customers...
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