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What are the benefits of private medical insurance?

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The benefits of private medical insurance (PMI) explained

Private health insurance offers a wide range of benefits. Its main advantage is the emotional comfort, security and peace of mind that comes from knowing you and your family are covered should you become ill.

Many people choose to take out private medical insurance to bypass long NHS waiting times for appointments and treatment. It’s reassuring to know you can get the medical help and treatment you need fast, to avoid your condition becoming worse.

While the service provided by the NHS is excellent, it may not be available quickly when you need it most. Having private medical insurance means you don’t need to wait for medical consultations, tests or treatment for short-term, curable medical problems.

Private healthcare insurance also gives you the option of a private room in hospital, with a TV and other amenities that aren’t available in NHS hospitals – providing a comfortable environment in which you can recover.

The benefits of PMI, in summary:
  • Bypass long NHS waiting times, and get fast access to private consultants and rapid private diagnosis and treatment
  • Peace of mind that comes from knowing you and your family are covered if the worst happens
  • The comfort of a private en-suite room, with facilities such as free TV, wifi and superior food
  • Quick and convenient appointments, to suit your schedule
  • Access to groundbreaking treatments, and new and expensive medication not yet available on the NHS
  • The reassurance and continuity of seeing the same consultant throughout your treatment

Useful health insurance guides

We know insurance isn’t always the easiest subject to understand, so we’ve produced a range of helpful, plain English guides to clear up any confusion and answer your questions. Choose a guide from the list below to find out more about private medical insurance.
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