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News : March 2007

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • Patients are losing out says BDA British dental association logoOne year after introduction of controversial dental reforms, patients are losing out, says the British Dental Association (BDA). The most radical shake-up in NHS dentistry for over 50 years has...
  • More Government action needed to help 2 million unable to find NHS dentist, says Citizens Advice More Government action is needed to deal with 'dentistry deserts' and reduce the figure of two million people unable to find an NHS dentist says national charity Citizens Advice. A report, called...
  • InsureandGo wants more terror cover on travel policies InsureandGoHolidaymakers are facing an increased risk of being caught up in a terrorist incident, according to US Government data analysed by travel insurance specialist InsureandGo. Figures from the US...
  • RIAS increases age limits RIASFrom Ist May, RIAS, who offer special policies for older travellers, are increasing age limits. For travellers buying single trip cover the age limit rises from 89 to 99. For those buying annual...
  • Tesco offers free annual travel cover Tesco logoFor a limited time only, 28 March to 24 April, Tesco is giving away an annual travel policy to anyone buying a new Tesco home buildings and contents insurance policy. The free policy covers up to...
  • Travellers want more personal assistance Europ AssistanceTravel insurer and assistance provider Europ Assistance has recently undertaken an analysis of major social trends in Europe. Despite developments in products and new technologies, customers...
  • Travel insurers are ageist Age concern logoOlder people over 65 are being discriminated against because insurers are operating an ageist blacklist, preventing them travelling abroad. So says a new report Insurance and Age: Exploring...
  • Life market ignoring special risk cases The Insurance SurgeryThe Insurance Surgery has claimed that many insurers and advisors are ignoring special risk cases. Founding director, Paul Mellor says The potential market is huge, with 1 in 3 people in the UK now...
  • UK public has little faith in the future of NHS dental care HSA logoAccording to a new survey by dental insurer HSA, the UK public has little faith in the future of NHS dental care. Just over half believe it is only a matter of time before NHS dentistry disappears...
  • £92 million paid in critical illness claims legal and general logoLegal & General, the UK's leading critical illness insurer, paid £92.1 million in critical illness claims last year - 11% more than 2005. Rejection rates for critical illness claims are 19% lower,...
  • Launch of InterGlobal Insurance Company InterGlobal logoThe majority shareholding in InterGlobal has been sold to Alchemy Partners LLP, a London based private equity house. Along with this change of ownership the group has set up InterGlobal Insurance...
  • Postcode lottery for NHS dental treatment Which?According to a new survey from consumer organisation Which?, NHS patients in England who seek dental treatment face a postcode lottery in terms of the availability of services. The Which? secret...
  • Most motivating music to exercise to Standard life logoThe Scissor Sisters have beaten Kylie in a nationwide poll of which singers and groups are the most motivating to exercise to. Standard Life Healthcare asked 1,000 people if they exercised to music,...
  • Fraud and invalid insurance uncovered Health insurer Your Health Plus launched in March 2005, offered private medical health insurance that was part savings and part medical cover. It went into administration on 28 December 2006 and...
  • See no evil hear no evil woman dentist According to the Department of Health the amount of dental activity commissioned by the NHS is continuing to rise. Health Minister Rosie Winterton says: "The commissioning figures also show that...
  • Pension Term Assurance is dead Pensions Term Assurance has died a death in the Chancellor's Budget despite only being available since April last year as it is clear that the tax relief was costing the Treasury too much. The...
  • Welcome LV = Liverpool Victoria logoBritain's largest friendly society has changed its name, clearing away more than 160 years of history. From now on, the society formerly known as Liverpool Victoria will be transformed into the...
  • Sainsbury's Bank limited time special offer Sainsbury's BankSainsbury's Bank is offering 50% discount on life insurance premiums for the first three months if you buy a policy before 23rd April 2007. Claire Moyles, Life Insurance Manager, Sainsbury's Bank...
  • PruHealth to offer Flexible Protection Plan Prudential logoLeading insurance company Prudential has announced it is scaling back its position in the protection sector. In the annual results they say: We will participate in the health market through our...
  • Royal Liver backs Capital of Culture Royal Liver logoOne of the UK's best-known friendly societies and Liverpool icon, Royal Liver Assurance, is backing the city's Capital of Culture year. Royal Liver has pledged £20,000 to the Liverpool Culture...
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