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Bupa Patient Cash

June 2010 Bupa: HCP

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Poll Results

Bupa claims that this new plan is an industry first as a cash plan alternative to PMI. It offers three levels of cover and maximum annual benefits of: Benefit Level 1   2   3 Consultations £150 £300 £600 Therapies (physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and homeopathy) £150 £300 £600 Diagnostic scans £150 £300 £600 Hospital in-patient per night* £25 £50 £100 Hospital day-patient surgery** £25 £50 £100 * Up to 20 nights a year ** Per day, up to four days a year In addition, customers have access to the Bupa Healthline helpline. The plan is available as a company funded, voluntary or…
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British Insurance Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance

June 2010 British Insurance: ASU

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British Insurance Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance British Insurance’s latest MPPI plan is of conventional design, with a choice of unemployment only, sickness and accident only or accident, sickness and unemployment. The plan offers a choice of 30, 60, 90 or 180 days waiting periods. The marketing materials we saw implied a back to day one 30 day waiting period was also available, although the quotes engine did not offer this option online. Plans can be taken out from age 18 up to age 65. Customers must be in employment and living and working in the UK and their mortgage must…
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BIBA/Millennium Committed Payments Protection

June 2010 ASU

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The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) and Millennium Insurance have launched a new payment protection plan for BIBA members to market. The plan is underwritten by Jubilee at Lloyd’s. The plan features: • Accident, sickness and unemployment (ASU) cover to protect regular bill payments of from £200 up to £2,000 a month. • Optional life cover from £2,400 to £24,000. • Confidential and independent advice programme to help claimants back to work. • Up to £50,000 help in appealing or defending employment or contract disputes and negotiating settlements for bodily injury or death. • 24/7 helpline. • Alternative lump sum…
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AXA PPP healthcare Corporate Health Plan Pathways

June 2010 AXA PPP healthcare: PMI

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Poll Results

AXA PPP healthcare’s CHP Pathways is a new, lower cost PMI plan for groups of 75+ employees. The plan is based on AXA PPP’s Corporate Health Plan but instead of having their GP refer them to a named specialist, members obtain an open referral  and let AXA PPP decide which healthcare provider they should see. This should result in savings of around 15%, which is reflected in the plan’s premium rates. As part of the way it works, scheme members must have any treatment pre-authorised. This helps ensure that the required treatment is covered and enables AXA PPP to then…
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Aviva Speedy Diagnostics

June 2010 Aviva: PMI

Silver
Poll Results

Good as the NHS is, it can still take weeks to see a specialist for a first (or subsequent) out-patient appointment. Around half those who have a first out-patient appointment then do not actually go on to need a hospital admission, so this can mean long and worrying waits for otherwise well people. Aviva’s new solution is Speedy Diagnostics, which offers the following benefits: • Pays for out-patient diagnostic tests—specialist fees for consultations and for diagnostic tests as well as the cost of X-rays, scans and ECGs. • Pays for day-patient or in-patient diagnostic tests—hospital charges for e.g. an endoscopy…
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