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News : July 2009

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

  • Better information for consumers on complaints handling FSA - Financial Services AuthorityThe Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published proposals that will enable people to see how firms handle complaints – including the number received, the main products and services covered and...
  • 30 million Brits have no safety net in place Scottish Widows - logoNew research from Scottish Widows shows that 30 million Brits have not protected themselves for the long term should the worst happen and they lose their household's main income and only a quarter...
  • Insurers propose changes to critical illness definitions ABI (association of british insurers) logoLeading critical illness insurers and their trade body propose to change the definitions of critical illness policies by 2010. Not all insurers agree. Some intermediaries are concerned that the...
  • Competition commission presses on with reform Competition Commission logoMuch to the consternation of banks and building societies that see their insurance revenue drastically falling, the Competition Commission (CC) has published a draft of how measures to introduce...
  • Lords wants new agreement on genetic testing ABI (association of british insurers) logoThe Association of British Insurers should work with the government to draw up a new agreement on the use of genetic tests results for insurance purposes beyond the current moratorium which runs out...
  • LV= further extends offer LV= logoLV= has again extended its offer to remove the initial 60 day unemployment claim exclusion for customers who replace their existing unemployment cover with LV='s Mortgage & Lifestyle Protection...
  • Do not ditch travel insurance to save money Direct Line InsuranceDirect Line is warning people not to scrimp on travel insurance as it uncovers evidence medical care abroad is becoming more expensive. The insurer has published figures showing that in 2008 the...
  • Insureplc launches under 50s annual travel policies Insureplc.comInsureplc is targeting young, cash conscious travellers with its new under 50s travel cover policy. Aimed primarily at healthy under 50s, who have no previous medical conditions, the new policy is...
  • London consultant writes about new surgical treatments for shoulder injury Richard Sinnerton, consultant orthopaedic surgeonIn the last few years specialist Mr Richard Sinnerton has witnessed a sea-change in the management of shoulder trauma. Thankfully, the treatment of shoulder injuries has changed vastly for the...
  • Bupa International launches flexible new cover BUPA International logoBupa International has launched Worldwide Health Options, a flexible international health plan that can be tailor-made to suit individual customers' needs. The core cover is for treatment received...
  • Insurefor launches life service insurefor.com logoLife insurance is the latest service launched by leading travel insurer Insurefor.com. The company has launched a new life insurance service that searches most of the UK's best insurers to provide a...
  • Legal & General streamlines medical underwriting legal and general logoLegal & General has altered its underwriting criteria for people taking out life insurance and critical illness cover. For applicants aged under 40 a GP report is not automatically requested unless...
  • Bright Grey named Employer of the Year Bright Grey logoBright Grey has won the title of Employer of the Year at this year's National Business Awards for Scotland. The awards, held in Glasgow, celebrate the success of innovative, ethical and resilient...
  • Knee surgery treatments for posterior cruciate ligament explored Knee replacement surgeryKnee surgery could be improved by further study into the posterior cruciate ligament treatment options currently available. This is the view of Dr Matthew Matava, associate professor at the...
  • Westfield Health lends a helping hand to expectant mums Westfield Health logoWestfield Health has donated more than £35,000 in a bid to make childbirth safer for expectant mothers across Sheffield. The money has been given to The Jessop Wing at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals...
  • Knee surgery eliminated by new treatment for ankle injuries knee injuriesKnee surgery could be avoided with the latest innovation in ankle repair and treatment. Traditional treatments for an ankle injury often involve removing a section of knee cartilage to insert over...
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