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Posted: 13/12/2012

Protection insurance firm warns of policy confusion

A specialist income protection company has warned that customers may be incorrectly mixing the product up with the recently-maligned payment protection insurance.

Cirencester Friendly surveyed financial advisers and found more than three quarters said their customers confused the two products. The survey also showed 62 percent of advisers said better education about the differences would boost Full Story

Posted: 11/11/2012

Insurers warned of the rise of the super-geriatrics

The director general of the Association of British Insurers says companies need to prepare for the day when living to 100 becomes the norm.

Otto Thoresen told actuaries that some firms offering life insurance, pensions and related products are already making calculations that take into account the risk -- however slim -- that a policyholder could live to 120 or more.

The Office of National Full Story

Posted: 17/6/2012

Bladder removal "not a critical illness"

A case involving a cancer patient who has been refused a payout by his critical illness insurer has highlighted the importance of checking policies carefully.

Self-employed Danny Wild took out the policy in 2001 to protect against a loss of income through illness. Last year he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and later advised to have it removed -- an operation with an estimated six months recovery time.

Wild told the Star that he's been forced to pass on the operation Full Story

Posted: 19/9/2011

Coffee sniffer nose insured for 2 million

Nescafe has taken out a medical insurance policy for one of its staff that will pay out £2 million: but only for one specific condition.

The policy covers the company against Dave Roberts losing his sense of smell. That's because Roberts is an expert coffee taster who travels the world looking for new varieties of beans to include in blends.

Although Roberts's work also Full Story

Posted: 25/10/2010

Aviva voted Health Insurer of the Year 2010

Aviva UK Health has been voted Health Insurance Company of the Year at the 2010 Health Insurance Magazine Awards.

The annual industry event was held at the Grosvenor House in London on 21st October with a number of awards given to celebrate the achievements of insurers and brokers in the UK health insurance industry.

Some of the awards and winners were:

Best Individual Private Medical Insurance Provider Full Story

Posted: 30/7/2010

Ombudsman backs public over medical insurance disputes

There's been a steep rise in the proportion of complaints about medical insurance being upheld.

Historically only around half of all insurance-related complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service have been upheld. That may soon be changing as the proportion upheld rose for most categories in the last quarter. Most notably, the ratio for Full Story

Posted: 2/7/2010

Health insurance fears underplay scale of Huntington's Disease

The chairman of the National Institution for Health and Clinical Excellence says the attitudes of the health insurance industry mean Huntington's Disease may be far more prevalent than official figures show.

Professor Sir Michael Rawlings says the fact that insurers can charge higher premiums for those at risk of contracting the disease means many potential sufferers may have gone unrecorded.

The child of a Huntington's sufferer has a 50% chance of inheriting the Full Story

Posted: 22/5/2010

Payment protection insurance complaints at record levels

Almost 50,000 people complained to the Financial Ombudsman Service about payment protection insurance providers last year. The news come shortly after the Competition Commission announced a major restriction on the way such cover is sold.

The FOS said payment protection was by far the biggest problem among consumers, making up 30% of all complaints over financial products. The next-biggest problem, current Full Story

Posted: 9/4/2010

Cup Final appearance puts health insurance payout in jeopardy

A soldier says he may lose part of a £25,000 medical insurance payout after walking on to the pitch at Wembley.

Private Dave Tatlock claimed on a specialist armed forces policy after being paralysed by shrapnel in Afghanistan. He defied doctors' expectations by being able to walk again with the aid of a stick, but remains afflicted and has lost the full use of his left foot.

Tatlock made his appearance as a guest of honour in February during the Manchester Full Story

Posted: 25/10/2009

Bupa voted Health Insurer of the Year 2009

Bupa has been voted Health Insurance Company of the Year at the 2009 Health Insurance Awards.

The annual industry event was held at the Grosvenor House in London on 22nd October with a number of awards given to celebrate the achievements of insurers and brokers in the UK health insurance arena.

Some of the awards and winners were:

Best Individual Private Medical Insurance Provider

Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: News items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making financial decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these health insurance news stories may no longer be current.
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