Norwich Union Healthcare welcomes government policy review on healthcare 'top ups'

Article date: 18 June 2008

Norwich Union Healthcare today welcomed the announcement that the government will review NHS rules which currently restrict patients from "topping up" their treatment privately.

Dr Doug Wright, head of clinical governance at Norwich Union Healthcare, said: "Norwich Union Healthcare welcomes this government review and is looking forward to sharing our views and experiences in order to develop a healthcare system that is better placed to deliver the best outcomes for patients.

"The issue of 'topping up' has risen up the agenda because patients want greater flexibility within the healthcare system to buy drug treatment privately, where there is restriction on the NHS.

"Norwich Union Healthcare believes in the need to create a system which works in the best interests of patients, and allows the NHS and private sector to partner effectively to treat them."

Norwich Union Healthcare backed a recommendation, contained in the joint report launched last weekend from the IPPR and the NHS Confederation, that a review of "top ups" was necessary. The report is an extract of forthcoming IPPR research on the role of private spending in the UK health system, which was sponsored by Norwich Union Healthcare.

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Lucy Grubb, Norwich Union Press
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Notes to editors:
The IPPR make their recommendation in a paper published in conjunction with the NHS Confederation. The paper can be found at www.debatepapers.org/

About Norwich Union Healthcare
Norwich Union Healthcare was founded in 1990 as the healthcare arm of Norwich Union and now provides a range of private medical insurance, income protection, occupational health and group life products and services that cover over 2,400,000 lives. It is one of the largest providers of income protection and private medical insurance in the UK.

Norwich Union Occupational Health, a sister company of Norwich Union Healthcare, provides occupational health solutions and services to a wide range of industry sectors. By utilising their large fleet of purpose built mobile clinics and approved medical centres, staffed by a team of experienced occupational physicians and nursing staff, the services are designed to meet the individual needs of clients.

Norwich Union Healthcare is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is a member of the Association of British Insurers and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

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