Private medical insurance can protect those who need medical treatment but do not want to go down the route of using the NHS. It can also be useful for people who are self employed or run a small business, providing cover in case of illness or absence, protecting them in a similar way to ‘sick days’ that someone might get if they are an employee to someone else.
There are many different forms of medical insurance, starting with an individual health insurance policy, which will cover someone for medical expenses should they arise. In most cases, individual health cover policies will only cover treatments which are considered ‘out patient’, which are usually short term treatments.
There is also self employed/small business health cover, for those that are fully responsible for their own working life. Taking out such a policy will protect them if something rises that affects business and causes monetary loss.
Finally, group cover policies refer to insurance types that cover the employees of large companies. It allows businesses to be fully prepared in the case of long term absences by employees and can also help a company pay the wages of any temporary staff members that are called in.
It should be noted that these are only brief outlines. The small print should always be read on insurance policies
For more information on a range of health insurance policies and medical insurance comparison visit www.medicalcover.co.uk