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News: October 2006

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.
  • NHS dentistry survey reveals "grim picture" Alfieri dental studio - teeth examinationThe NHS dentist contracts introduced earlier this year have not improved access for patients, a new report has warned.A survey conducted by the British Dental Association revealed that 78 per cent of...
  • Tourists dabble with cosmetic surgery in Argentina Non surgical cosmetic treatmentThe number of tourists visiting Argentina has increased in recent years, but it seems many of these globetrotters are being attracted by more than just the culture and scenery.According to a report...
  • Swiss Reinsurance has agreed to buy GE Life GE Life logoSwiss Reinsurance has agreed to buy GE Life from General Electric for £465 million. GE Life will continue to write new business through financial advisers, under a new brand name to be announced in...
  • Mondial UK launches Personal Accident insurance product Mondial logoMondial is launching a Personal Accident solution in the UK. Unlike any other Personal Accident provider, Mondial will give the option of a lump sum cash payment with rehabilitation and assistance...
  • Obesity surgery gives women pregnancy hope BOSPA logoA growing number of severely overweight women are turning to obesity surgery in the hopes of increasing their chances of becoming pregnant.Consultant Steve Pollard told BBC News that around 30,000...
  • Patients 'not to treat obesity surgery as a cure' BOSPA logoObesity surgery is an effective way of assisting with weight loss but surgeons warn that patients should not treat it as a cure.Explaining the form of surgery known as gastric banding to the Times,...
  • Long Term Care Insurance : Norwich Union pulls out of Immediate Care market Norwich union health insuranceNorwich Union has blamed low demand for its decision to withdraw from the Long Term Care market. The company's Immediate Care plan has been withdrawn. No new business will be written. Related...
  • Long Term Care Insurance : New Equity Release Provider Stonehaven logoStonehaven has launched intself as an equity release product povider with a range of products designed for homeowners aged over 55. An experienced team will help Stonehaven design bespoke products to...
  • Medication needs of obesity surgery patients highlighted Obesity treatment - gastric bypass Patients who have undergone obesity surgery need to ensure that they are absorbing the necessary medications and nutrients, a new study has found.Published in the October 1st edition of the American...
  • Indian hospitals in modernisation drive India templePrivate hospitals in Agra, India, are currently being modernised in a bid to attract more medical tourists.The country is in the process of promoting itself as the ideal destination for visitors...
  • India increasingly popular for medical tourism The demand for cheap and efficient healthcare is drawing medical tourists from western countries to India for their surgeries.Desperate Americans, Canadians and British tourists lead the way for the...
  • Equity release schemes: Innovative flexible lifetime mortgage Prudential logoFollowing the successful launch in October 2005 of its flexible lifetime mortgage product, Prudential is celebrating the first anniversary with news that it is aiming for a 10 per cent market share...
  • Equity release mortgages : Realities of retirement Prudential logoNew research published by Prudential, the Lifetime Mortgage Provider, reveals that the generation gap is wider than ever with today's under 25s planning for a fairy-tale retirement, while the current...
  • MRSA in hospitals : Disinfectant reduces MRSA by 75% Byotrol logoAn anti-bacterial cleaning agent has been confirmed to nearly eradicate the hospital super-bug MRSA in a recent study.Byotrol cleaning compound used on door handles, bed rails, patient contact...
  • Bupa opens emergency treatment centre BUPA small logoBupa has opened a casualty clinic at Wellesley Hospital in Southend Essex which offers treatments for minor injuries or illness, Health Insurance and Protection Magazine reports.The clinic will...
  • Bupa wins care homes award BUPA small logoBupa has won the top honour at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development annual People Management Award.The Care Homes Personal Best programme encourages the staff carers in their 297...
  • ''Coffee break face lift'' now available Cosmetic surgery - faceliftA new procedure has landed in the UK that promises a complete facial refresh in only seven minutes.The Aesthera PPx treatment was approved for use in the USA last May and reduces the look of veins,...
  • Cervical cancer vaccine now available in the UK Sanofi Pasteur logoA new vaccine that could save thousands of women from the ravages of cervical cancer is now available privately in the UK.According to vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur there are now over 100,000 doses of...
  • Breast cancer : Chemotherapy delay following breast surgery 'okay' Breast cancer awarenessA study has shown that it is safe for women who have undergone surgery for early-stage breast cancer to delay chemotherapy for up to 12 weeks.Chemotherapy is a proven form of cancer treatment and is...
  • Breast cancer care: Glaxo looks for EU approval of breast cancer drug GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) logoGlaxoSmithKline has announced that it is planning to seek European Union approval for a pioneering new breast cancer treatment.The pharmaceutical giant is preparing to file for approval for the...
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