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There are 'many benefits' to private medical cover, says personal finance expert

Published on 01/11/2010
The benefits of private medical cover have been highlighted by a personal finance expert.

In an article for, finance journalist Neil Faulkner says there are a number of advantages to private medical cover.

These include a better or faster service, more facilities and access to a second opinion if patients are not satisfied with the diagnosis of their NHS GP.

"I've found reasonable evidence in the past that private medical insurance is, on average, sold at a fair price for the cover it provides," he advises.

However, he points out that there are a number of different factors to consider when looking for private medical cover, such as the level of cover and cost.

"When choosing or switching policies, look to see how the cover differs; don't automatically buy the cheapest policy. One policy might cover diagnostic tests whilst another similar one won't, to take one of many examples," he writes.

The attraction of private medical cover may be even greater following a recent government initiative to find £20 billion of efficiency cuts from the NHS.

Following this, Richard Sear, chief executive of National Friendly, told private medical cover firms can offer an alternative to the overstretched NHS.
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