BPAS calls for relaxation of abortion regulations

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is urging Ministers to change current abortion regulations to allow women to terminate unwanted pregnancies at home. At present, early pregnancy terminations can be carried out via a so-called abortion pill. Under current…...

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Charity slams PMI companies over lack of cover for cancer treatment

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) August 2004 Private medical insurers have been accused of withdrawing funding for cancer patients part way through vital treatment. According to a new report published by cancer information charity CancerBACUP, the majority of PMI policies do not cover cancer patients…...

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Clinicare board appointment

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) August 2004 Clinicare has announced the appointment of Laurent Pochat-Cottilloux to the board of directors. Pochat-Cottilloux joined Clinicare in 1996 as an actuary at its Knightsbridge offices. Seven months later he was promoted to the post of actuary manager and since…...

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Treatment abroad

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) August 2004 William Wiggin asked the Secretary of State for Health (22 July 2004: Column 645W) how many people have taken up the option of treatment abroad under the NHS scheme; and what criteria are used to decide to which patients…...

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NHS funded abortion rate increases

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 The number of abortions performed in the private sector under NHS contract has increased for the tenth year running. According to the latest Abortion Statistics for England and Wales released by the Department of Health, 36% of all terminations…...

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Health insurers sign counter fraud agreement with NHS

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) August 2004 A historic agreement designed to help prevent healthcare fraud has been signed by the NHS Counter Fraud Service and a group of private healthcare insurers. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NHS and the Health Insurers Counter…...

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PruHealth board appointments

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) August 2004 PMI company PruHealth, the new joint venture between Prudential UK and South African health insurer Discovery Health (see story on page 190), has announced appointments to its management board. Catherine McGraph, who recently ran Prudential’s direct-to-consumer operation, has been…...

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HFEA extends policy on embryo selection

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) is relaxing the rules on embryo selection to allow parents to have a child that is a tissue match for a sick sibling. Previously, the test, which involves taking a stem cell…...

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Top executives most likely to benefit from company PMI

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) August 2004 Top managers and executives are more likely to benefit from corporate private medical insurance (PMI) cover than their less senior colleagues, according to a survey sponsored by HSA Personal Medical Plans. The survey carried out by Employee Benefits…...

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New chairman for BMA GPC

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) August 2004 Dr Hamish Meldrum has been elected as the new chairman of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC). He has been deputy chairman for the past five years and succeeds Dr John Chisholm who stood down in…...

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