Scotland to regulate cosmetic surgery

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 The Scottish Executive has announced new standards, to come into force next year, designed to ensure that non-invasive treatments such as Botox injections and chemical peels are carried out by properly qualified staff and accompanied by appropriate aftercare and…...

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BUPA International pricing model

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) April 2004 BUPA International has developed a new method of calculating the cost of an expatriate’s health insurance cover. Premiums paid on BUPA’s Lifeline products will now be based on the country where the customer lives, rather than the previous…...

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FirstAssist corporate business manager

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) April 2004 FirstAssist has appointed James Kenrick as corporate business manager. Prior to joining FirstAssist, Kenrick held positions including sales roles at BUPA, ten years as sales director at CIGNA, and most recently as joint managing director of Jelf Corporate Healthcare,…...

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Alternative medicine to be regulated

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 Practitioners of alternative medicine are to be regulated by the government and could be prohibited from practising if they fail to meet professional standards. Under a consultation announced last month by Health Minister John Hutton, a complementary and alternative…...

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Patient choice scheme

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2004 Bob Spink asked the Secretary of State for Health (10 March 2004: Column 1608W) how many patients have taken advantage of the patient choice scheme to reduce treatment waiting time. John Hutton: The London patient choice project and the…...

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BHSF wins BP cash plan contract

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) April 2004 BHSF, the Midlands-based operator of The Health Scheme, has signed a deal to offer BP’s 17,500 UK-based employees a bespoke health cash plan scheme. The plan centres around 12 core cash benefits plus personal accident cover. The deal…...

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Kent choice project winners announced

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 The outcome of a recent patient choice tendering process to identify independent healthcare providers of extra facilities available for Kent and Medway NHS patients has been announced. From April, NHS patients who have had to wait more than six…...

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Foundation trusts

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2004 Paul Burstow asked the Secretary of State for Health (10 March 2004: Column 1599W) what the reasons are for establishing a risk fund for foundation trust applicants implementing the new financial flows reforms. John Hutton: The funding will be…...

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Australian insurance subsidy criticised

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 Australia’s leading doctors’ group has given tentative support to a discussion paper that challenges government subsidies for private health insurance as a way of supporting the private hospital system. According to the report’s author, Ian McCauley, a lecturer at…...

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