What is the difference between the NHS and Private Health Insurance?

As a nation we are fortunate to have a publicly funded health service, giving everyone access to treatment at little to no cost. Due to increasing pressure on the NHS, many people now face long waiting lists and delayed or cancelled treatment.

Whilst receiving private treatment you will not face long waiting lists for treatment, in fact you are likely to be seen within a week or so. Health Insurance offers you access to a choice of hospitals and treatment times that suit you, with overnight stays often being in a private room. More on the NHS and Private Medical Insurance here.

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Health Insurance

Health Insurance is an insurance policy which covers you for private medical treatment, should you need it. When you take out a policy, you and the insurer agree that should you fall ill or suffer an injury, the policy will attempt to return you to the same level of health you had when you took it out.

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Life Insurance

Life insurance is a policy whereby the policyholder agrees to pay regular premiums for the policy and the insurer agrees to pay a predetermined lump sum, or ongoing payments, to the chosen beneficiaries in the event of the policyholder’s death. The amount they receive depends on the level of cover you decide on and can be directed to cover specific things, such as the mortgage.

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