Private Medical Insurance in the United Kingdom
European Observatory Studies Series, No. 6
Foubister, T., Thomson, S., Mossialos, E., McGuire, A.
WHO Regional Office for Europe
ISBN-13    9789289022880 ISBN-10    9289022884
Order Number    13400126 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    40.00 / US$    48.00 Developing countries:    CHF    40.00
English     2006        113   pages
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In comparative studies of health care, the United Kingdom's health care system continues to be categorized in terms of public finance and public provision. However, over 11% of the United Kingdom population has private medical insurance (PMI), and PMI is an important contributor to the United Kingdom s health economy (the market being worth almost £3 billion a year). This study provides an introductory overview of an often-ignored and significantly under-researched area.

The study is structured according to the three key dimensions of the market for PMI: the product, demand and supply. It also includes a short appendix on the market for health cash plans - an alternative form of private cover for medical expenses with relatively broad take-up. The Introduction provides a classification of forms of voluntary health insurance (VHI) and locates PMI within the wider United Kingdom health care system.