Private medical insurance (PMI) is designed to cover the cost of private medical treatment for acute conditions that arise after the start of the policy. An acute condition is a disease, illness or injury that is likely to respond quickly to treatment which aims to return you to the state of health you were in immediately before suffering any symptoms, or which leads to your full recovery.
Having a health insurance policy gives you access to private medical facilities and treatment at a time and location that suits your schedule.
Depending on your situation and budget, there are several types of health insurance plans you can choose from:
With most health insurance policies, you choose the health benefits you want and pay your premium monthly or annually.
Then, if you fall ill, you should see your GP who may refer you for further tests or diagnosis to a specialist.
This is the moment when you need to get in touch with your insurance provider if you want to get private treatment under your private medical insurance plan.
With Freedom Health Insurance you get a hassle-free claims process, with no claim forms to complete and with a personalised service. You usually deal with the same friendly adviser throughout your claim process, making your experience as smooth as possible.
A private medical insurance policy, depending on the options chosen, could cover you for:
It can be difficult to know what to look for when buying health insurance. That’s why it’s important to compare different health insurance policies by getting quotes from different providers for different levels of cover. This will help you compare the costs against the benefits so you can make an informed decision.
Apart from the health benefits you can select for a private health plan, there are a few other things to consider when looking at different insurance products.
Similarly to car insurance, some private health insurance providers may offer an important discount, usually at the start of the policy, to encourage customers to take out their cover. How the ‘no claims discount’ impacts your premium is often not clear and you may only discover the true premium when you have made a claim and your costs go up significantly.
This type of policy may discourage the insured person from claiming, making the whole point of having the cover questionable. You never know when you may need treatment and the time following a serious illness is not the best time to be facing escalating health insurance costs.
At Freedom Health Insurance, we believe in sustainable and therefore more predictable pricing which can help with your personal budgeting. Because of this, we operate a community rated premium which means that we don’t usually increase your renewal premium as a result of you making a claim.
Adding an excess to your policy is a good way of keeping costs down. An excess is the sum of money you agree to pay towards any claims. The higher the excess amount you agree to, the lower your premiums will be.
Some insurance providers ask you to pay the excess towards each claim, while others, like Freedom Health Insurance, ask you to pay it only once per person per insurance period, regardless of the number of claims you make.
Most insurance policies allow you to pay monthly or annually with annual payments often coming with a discount. Freedom Health Insurance offers a 6% discount when paying annually, helping you to reduce the overall cost of your plan.
Depending on the health insurance plan you want, you may have to choose a hospital list which contains all the private hospitals you can access as part of your cover. These may include NHS private wings or wards, independent private hospitals and private hospital networks.
You should be aware though, that if your chosen consultant does not practice at the hospital on your list, you probably won't be able to use them. Whilst many consultants work in the NHS, not as many treat their private patients in NHS private beds.
With Freedom Elite, you have a good range of hospitals included in our standard hospital list, with only a few of the very expensive facilities in central London and elsewhere listed separately as an option. Our Freedom Essentials policy is a bit different as it pays you a fixed cash benefit for treatment which allows you to use any hospital in the UK or abroad for your treatment.
If you have a health plan in place but you are not happy with your cover or maybe you are looking for a better price, contact us. You may be able to transfer to Freedom on the same terms as your current policy.Contact us
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