Brits would rather insure pets than themselves or their families, a survey has found.
Zurich has revealed it paid 92% of critical illness (CI) claims last year.
Defaqto has released its Star Ratings for private medical insurance (PMI) for the first time.
Government ministers will aim to overturn the exclusion of means-testing of cancer patients receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as the coalition's government's Welfare Reform Bill moves back to the House of Commons.
Absence management procedures have not kept pace with technology and the way Britain works, resulting in serious welfare, management and productivity issues, a new report has said.
Ellipse has entered the group income protection (GIP) market with the launch of its InteractPlus product which includes an integrated absence management system.
One of the most controversial developments in the protection industry over recent months has been the use of Subject Access Requests (SARs). Russ Whitworth told Owain Thomas a war with doctors may not actually be on the cards
L&G has given the use of Subject Access Requests (SARs) a ringing endorsement and said they produce much better results than other methods of obtaining medical information.
Canada Life has revealed that almost half of its small scheme new business is being done online.
Friends Life has made two senior protection appointments including poaching Ageas' head of sales.
Lifesearch has bucked the trend of declining protection sales with a significant growth in business last year.
Critical illness (CI) and mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI) are among the most complicated financial products for consumers to understand, the ABI has found.
Bright Grey paid out 91% of critical illness (CI) claims in the last six months of 2011.
Mental health claims are growing and now make up a third of all those received on group income protection (GIP) policies, according to Legal & General.
Workplace stress has reached a four-year high with British workers being the most stressed compared to colleagues in some of the world's biggest economies, a new report has found.
The coming year promises to be a tough one for the private healthcare sector, according to a new report from analyst Laing and Buisson.
Healix has voiced support for the use of open referrals within the private medical insurance (PMI) market but warned that insurers need to be more transparent about the process.
Advisers have given the Treasury's simple products initiative a tentative thumbs up while recognising that the financial services industry is overly complicated.
Universal Provident has launched a new combined protection and health insurance product aimed at customers forced to reduce their cover limits.
The Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (Amii) has announced 500 people have now passed the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)/AMII IF7 private medical insurance (PMI) exam.
WPA has introduced moratorium underwriting on its individual private medical insurance (PMI) plans for clients who fit certain criteria.
Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) redress totals have reached a new peak after payments rocketed by more than £100m in just one month.
Britons are twice as likely to gamble with their health as with their money or career, new research has found.
Britons are losing sleep over their future health but many have not prioritised protecting themselves against the financial effects of illness, new research has found.
Businesses and government need to issue a "clear and consistent message from the top that work is good for you", the co-author of the Sickness Absence Review has said.
Sex is the only subject more taboo than finances for UK families as many find the conversations too awkward and uncomfortable, a new report has revealed.
Pacific Life Re has applauded insurers for tackling the growing problem of long delayed GP reports (GPRs) by using data protection legislation to request medical information.
The PIP breast implant furore could prompt the creation of an insurance scheme for cosmetic surgery patients to prevent similar remedial problems in the future.
Want an example of how not to do things? Owain Thomas finds the UK term assurance market's approach is being avoided worldwide.
Openwork has produced a protection quote application for Apple mobile devices.
Bupa has launched a free iPhone and Android app to enable its international private medical insurance (IPMI) customers to access their policy information from anywhere in the world.
The protection industry needs a "kick up the bum" and a "spark of passion" injected into it if it is to address the needs of modern consumers, the Protection Review has said.
Consumers increasingly appreciate the need for protection insurance when they are told about the limitations of state benefits, new research has found.
Bupa has reached an agreement with BMI Healthcare to re-introduce patient treatment at all but three of the hospital network's facilities.
Protection complaints continued to rise during the year and have already breached last year's totals in some product areas.
The government is seeking to cut half a million people from the disability benefits list when the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is introduced.
Freedom Healthnet has upped the age limit for clients wishing to purchase its private medical insurance (PMI) plan.
Bright Grey has urged Britons to cut back on spending to help stabilise their finances and provide enough to secure a safety net for emergencies.
The government is expected to recommend a cap on long-term care (LTC) fees of between £50,000 and £60,000, according to a report.
LV= has changed its underwriting rules to allow more applications to receive an immediate online decision.
Medical evidence used to decide claimants' eligibility for state benefits is frequently ‘seriously inaccurate', the Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB) has revealed.
The government has suffered a significant setback in its welfare reform agenda after the House of Lords defeated three of the coalition's main proposals.
Bupa has hit back at claims by doctors that its open referrals process is ‘flawed on several levels' and limits patient choice.
Deloitte has warned that 2012 will be another tough year for the healthcare sector after the number of businesses going into administration grew sharply last year.
Medical insurance brokers have applauded moves by private medical insurance (PMI) providers to remove the limits on cancer coverage for many standard polices.
The doctors' regulator spends more than a quarter of a million pounds a year on private medical insurance (PMI), it has been revealed.
Businesses risk alienating their staff by not offering a compassionate approach to absence management, new research has found.
Axa PPP has removed all cost and time limits for licensed cancer drug treatment for patients on its standard individual and SME plans.