Aviva exits IPMI market to focus on UK health business

Aviva is withdrawing from the international PMI (IPMI) market to focus on its UK health and wellbeing business. The move follows a strategic review, which concluded the insurer’s small presence in the IPMI market was not central to its growth plans. Global healthcare benefits provider…...

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Bupa launches self-referral for cancer services

Bupa has launched a comprehensive self-referral cancer service – Cancer Direct Access. The service offers customers fast access to diagnosis for a wide range of cancers, including stomach, lung, testicular and bladder, via the Cancer Direct Access team. Delivered by specialist advisers using the latest…...

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Bupa de-recognises last NI NHS trust

Bupa customers living in Northern Ireland could have to travel elsewhere in the UK for treatment after it emerged that the insurer no longer recognises any of its NHS hospitals. Bupa de-recognised Belfast Health Trust in April because it does not have medical negligence cover…....

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Thousands leave PMI schemes following IPT hike

Steep rises in IPT are forcing thousands of people to abandon private medical insurance, according to a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). The study, commissioned by Bupa ahead of next week’s budget, analysed the insurer’s monthly customer data from 2003…...

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Cost of medical cover continues to outpace inflation

The cost of private medical cover continues to outpace inflation in most major economies, according to new research published by Mercer Marsh Benefits – a partnership between global professional services firms Mercer and Marsh. Globally, the cost to corporates of providing medical cover for their…...

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Bupa data breach hits 108,000

Over 100,000 Bupa international insurance clients have been warned to be on their guard against ‘phishing’ attacks after their information was ‘stolen’ by an employee. Bupa Global said the data, including the names, birth dates, nationality and contact details, of around 108,000 customers had been…...

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Aviva offers essential for companies

Aviva has extended its low-cost Health Essentials product to corporate clients. Launched to individual customers in 2016, Health Essentials is intended to complement NHS care by providing low cost top up cover for selective conditions and treatments. As part of the roll out, corporate clients…...

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Boutique launches low cost PMI

Boutique insurer Security Trust has launched a low cost medical insurance scheme providing access to pioneering treatments overseas for cancer, heart disease, neurological conditions and other illnesses. Described by the company as a ‘breakthrough in serious illness medical insurance’, MediVISA provides access to cutting-edge treatment…...

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Call on sector to demonstrate value of PMI as self-pay continues to rise

The independent healthcare sector will not be able to ‘thrive and survive’ unless it can differentiate its offering and educate patients about the benefits of private medical insurance, the medical director of Bupa UK Insurance said last month. Speaking at the Private Healthcare Summit in…...

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Popularity of health cash plans

Health cash plans have overtaken PMI to become the second most popular benefit behind contributory pensions, according to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Index. The annual index, which explores worker attitudes to employee benefits, found that 12% of respondents valued health…...

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