How much does Private Health Insurance cost?

The likelihood is that if you are thinking of taking out private health insurance you are wondering how much it will cost. The cost of private medical insurance varies from person to person as it is based on a range of factors.  

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There are several factors that can affect the cost of your health insurance, some of these factors may be in your control and others will not be within your control.

  • Age – Premiums usually increase with age, this is because the insurers attribute a greater risk of claiming to a rise in age. 
  • Medical History – One thing we hear a lot is “I have not considered medical insurance as it would be far too expensive given my medical history”. Whilst it is true that some providers will “load” premiums based on medical history, not all do to find out which ones don’t, please get in touch 01242 350071.
  • Postcode – Some providers load your premium based on postcode as insurers will take into consideration which private hospitals in your area you are likely to use. That said not all do, if you live in a highly rated area like London and want to see which providers do not load your premium due to your choice of location, give us a call.
  • Excess – Choosing to add an excess to your policy can help decrease your premium. This is then the amount you will contribute to towards treatment.
  • Hospital List – When taking out a policy you will need to select a hospital list. Lists will vary from insurer to insurer. If you choose a list containing the top London hospitals like the Wellington, then this may increase your premium. 
  • Additional Therapies – Choosing to add additional therapies like physiotherapy or mental health cover, can impact on the cost of your premium. 
  • Outpatient Cover – Removing outpatient cover from your policy will reduce the premium. However, if speed of treatment is a key requirement for holding a policy then this is not something we would recommend. Find out more about outpatient cover.

Health Insurers are now offering more rewards for living a healthy lifestyle. VitalityHealth particularly encourage members to keep active by giving them access to discounts for gyms, cinema passes and Garmin tracking devices. 

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