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More People Going Private As NHS Waiting Lists Continue To Grow

In Health and Wellness, Healthcare, Insurance by Richard Holden

NHS waiting lists are at their highest level since records began and now concerns are growing that we could end up with a two-tier healthcare system here in the UK, as more people look to the private sector to accommodate their health needs.  With mass cancellations of routine operations all but inevitable this winter, those that have the capacity are either …

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‘Lost’ GP Appointments Triggers Need For Virtual GP Services

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Gill Adams

Enormous drop in GP appointments significantly deteriorating patients’ health. Nearly 27 million GP appointments have been lost since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, new figures from the NHS show. According to NHS Digital data, there were 26.7 million fewer GP appointments in England between March and August this year than there were during the same period in 2019. This …

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NHS Staff Uptake Of PMI Highlights How Much Our Health System Is Struggling

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Gill Adams

As if the NHS wasn’t under enough pressure already, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation exponentially. With NHS waiting lists now at their highest levels since records began, it’s clear that there aren’t enough resources in our beloved health system to cope right now. Add to this the fact that Boris Johnson says the current restrictions could last six …

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How Group Risk Products Can Be Pivotal During A Pandemic

In Group Income Protection, Industry News, Insurance by Matthew Bucknall

As if employee benefits needed any more reasons to be at the top of every employer’s agenda, the coronavirus pandemic has firmly underlined their importance once more.  Here we take a quick look at how three group risk products can be pivotal during a pandemic, providing reassurance, faster access to healthcare and direct financial support. Group life assurance pays Sadly, …

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Private Medical Insurance: Creating Choice & Reducing The NHS Burden

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

Higher earners should pay for private healthcare to alleviate pressure on the NHS, leading eye surgeon says… Individuals who earn above a certain amount should pay for private healthcare to help relieve pressure from the NHS, a leading eye surgeon has said. According to Dr Allon Barsam, co-owner of Ophthalmic Consultants of London in the Harley Street area, the impact …

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Health Insurance Scams: How To Avoid Them

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

As health insurance scams have increased by 15% during the covid-19 pandemic, we explain why you should always look to partner with a trusted adviser… A saddening reality of the coronavirus pandemic is that nefarious individuals have used the crisis to attempt to scam unsuspecting people into taking out financial services products that do not necessarily meet their needs. According …

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Coronavirus Triggers Surge In Life Insurance Enquiries

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by Tom Pullinger

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced life expectancy, triggering a surge in interest for life insurance… According to tracking data relating to 1.3m Vitality members, life expectancy has fallen by an average of almost four months (3.8) since the start of the pandemic. This, because the COVID-19 lockdown has led to people taking fewer steps each day. Between March 16 and …

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Prostate Cancer Mortality: Deaths Predicted To Fall By Almost 10%

In Healthcare, Individual, Insurance by Paul Howell

This year, deaths from prostate cancer are forecast to fall in the UK – and across Europe – thanks to better diagnosis and treatment, new research reveals. It’s welcome news considering that prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK (behind only lung and bowel), accounting for around 7% of total deaths each year. …

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Thousands Of ‘At Risk’ Patients Avoiding Hospitals Amid Covid19 Pandemic

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Rebekah Bree

Thousands of people are going to suffer unduly or die because they are not seeking medical attention for non-COVID-19 related conditions and symptoms. That’s the stark warning to come from charities and medical organisations as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Cancer charities in particular have expressed their concern as patients – some of whom are in the middle of treatment – …

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5 Ways Employers Can Help Their Employees’ Financial Wellbeing

In Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection, Insurance by Stephen Ellis

Employees typically have to deal with day to day distractions and levels of stress that they can cope with. But sometimes individuals are also dealing with other problems, one of the most common of which is financial worries. One group in particular that is feeling its fair share of finance-related stress and anxiety is millennials. These individuals entered the workforce …