Cost of care rising in U.K., too

Aldred, Carolyn
January 2004
Business Insurance;1/26/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p16
The private medical insurance market has seen little growth in Great Britain in recent years, and the lack of interest in such products stems mainly from health care cost inflation, analysts say. In the country, private medical insurance supplements the state-funded health care provided by the government-funded National Health Service (NHS), which is available to all national residents. Most large employers offer private coverage to some employees — mainly those at the executive level — that allows participants to avoid the long waits sometimes encountered for certain treatments provided through the NHS program and to use private facilities. Philip Blackburn, an economist with health care analysts Laing & Buisson Ltd., said that about 8% of the country's population was covered by private medical insurance in 2003, with an additional 1.4% covered by self-insured company programs.


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