New Hospital Treatment Insurance available to Chamber members
An innovative new corporate health insurance product offering fast access to a wide range of surgical and medical procedures has been launched by Westfield Health.
Hospital Treatment Insurance provides affordable private cover for non-urgent surgical procedures, many of which now involve longer waiting times on the NHS.
Westfield Health Executive Director – Sales and Marketing, Paul Shires, said: “While the NHS is excellent at providing care for life-threatening illnesses and emergencies such as cancer and heart disease, patients requiring non-urgent treatments may begin to suffer, and face longer waiting times for routine surgery and scans as the NHS attempts to save £20 billion by 2015.
“Delays in non-urgent medical care can increase sickness absence and place a heavy financial burden on employers. Hospital Treatment Insurance will help employers to manage staffing levels more effectively and lower costs, while employees – many of whom will be able to access private care for the first time – will benefit hugely from quick treatment and having more choice and control over where and when they have their surgery.”
With cover starting from £1.24 per employee, per week and two levels to choose from, Hospital Treatment Insurance enables employees to receive treatment at any hospital in the UK where private treatment packages are available.
A wide range of common medical and surgical procedures are covered, such as hip and knee replacements, slipped discs, varicose veins, cataracts, abdominal hernias and gynaecological problems.
Following referral from a consultant, employees are allocated a case manager who will source and arrange a private treatment package to suit their needs.
Paul Shires added: “There is no excess to pay when a claim is made and premiums are community rated, so everyone pays the same price regardless of age or location. No medical is required and a cash benefit is available if an employee receives NHS treatment.”
Hospital Treatment Insurance is now available to all members of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber with five or more employees, either as a stand alone product or, for more comprehensive cover, it can be used in conjunction with Westfield’s Chamber Primary Health Plan.
For more information, please visit www.westfieldhealth.com/hti or call 0845 602 1629, available 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Caption: Westfield Health Executive Director – Sales and Marketing, Paul Shires
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