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News : October 2008

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

  • Ski cover remains crucial moneysupermarket.com travel and health insuranceTravellers looking for winter sun and adventure this ski season should not assume more expensive insurance will provide better levels of cover, says moneysupermarket.com. Research reveals that...
  • Consumer scramble for protection means change needed now Paymentcare logoThe latest findings by the Competition Commission on the shortcomings of the retail payment protection insurance (PPI) market is one step closer to the watchdog admitting they can see the elephant in...
  • 2.1 million Britons planning to work overseas in next 12 months Cater Allen Private BankIn a trend reminiscent of the 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' era of the 1980s when the economy saw an explosion in the number of workers who travelled abroad for a better quality of life, new research from...
  • RBS insurance sale still on Royal Bank of ScotlandThe sale of Direct Line, Churchill and NIG will go ahead despite the effective nationalisation of parent company RBS. The bank is in advanced discussions with two possible buyers about the sale of...
  • Annual travel insurance increases in popularity American Express Travel InsuranceAlmost three quarters of holidaymakers are planning to buy annual travel insurance within the next year, says new research 69% of travellers will take out annual travel insurance over the next 12...
  • UK banks' £37bn bailout unveiled - business as normal for insurers HM TreasuryThe government is to inject up to £37bn of new capital into Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and HBOS. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to raise £20bn, with chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin...
  • New services added to comparethemarket.com comparethemarket.com logoConsumers are now able to benefit from new additions to comparison website comparethemarket.com. A greater number of financial products are now available for comparison including health insurance.
  • Bupa extends Great Run series sponsorship until 2013 Bupa logoBupa has renewed its sponsorship of the Great Run series for another five years, from 2009 to 2013, making it one of the longest-running sporting sponsorships in the UK. This takes the duration of...
  • Cancer victims are discriminated against All Clear Travel InsuranceBreast cancer patients are being unfairly discriminated against when they travel abroad. Some sufferers could be paying up to 200% more in insurance premiums than others in the same condition,...
  • Progress from Royal Liver adds nine new critical illnesses Royal Liver logoA number of product improvements have been introduced by Progress from Royal Liver. In the latest changes, the insurer has increased the number of illnesses covered, extended the scope of cover...
  • Pioneer improves Professional Income Protection (PIP) Pioneer friendly society logoPIP is aimed solely at professionals and those in low risk occupations with policy benefits. Pioneer says the changes reinforce its commitment to develop simple, transparent and saleable income...
  • Consumers must turn to PPI for financial bail out Burgesses logoIt might be easy for banks to get a financial bail out from the Government when they fall on hard times, but it won't be so easy for consumers to do the same, warns PPI lobbyist Sara-Ann Burgess from...
  • Compass in calls for industry-wide Hep C guidelines CompassEach life assurance company is writing their own rules around Hepatitis C and there are no existing industry guidelines, according to Chris Morgan, managing director of Compass. He says that given...
  • Bahrain compulsory health insurance problems Manama capital of BahrainPlans to introduce compulsory medical insurance for expatriates in Bahrain have been dealt a body blow with the revelation that legislation to make it possible had fallen between the cracks.
  • Compulsory health insurance delayed in Bahrain World Trade Centre BahrainPlans to introduce compulsory medical insurance for expatriates in Bahrain have been dealt a body blow with the revelation that legislation to make it possible had fallen between the cracks.
  • Recession is biting abroad as well, say expats BUPA International logoAlmost three quarters of expats are concerned about the economic downturn and, in particular, the negative impact of currency fluctuations, with the value of the British pound falling by 17 percent...
  • Bupa Individual Protection ensures streamlined application process Bupa logoBupa Individual Protection has announced the launch of a new tele-interviewing service, following the success of a recent pilot scheme.
  • Beware of rip-off redundancy insurance fool.co.uk logoAs the UK economy slips into recession, more of us are likely to lose our jobs. At times like these, many of us may be tempted to insure ourselves against being made redundant.
  • People cancelling policies in panic Uswitch logoResearch conducted by price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com has revealed that 42% of people have cancelled insurance or pension contributions to ease financial burdens.
  • Alzheimer's charities on the run with Bupa Alzheimer's Society logoAlzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland are poised for a head start as Bupa's newly-appointed nominated charities for the 2009 Bupa Great Run Series - which includes the world's largest...
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