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Seven in 10 people with back pain have suffered for a decade.  An article from Health Insurance and Protection Daily.

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Will Doctors Soon Be Prescribing Video Games For Mental Health?

Will Doctors Soon Be Prescribing Video Games For Mental Health? | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it

Developers of a new video game for your brain say theirs is more than just another get-smarter-quick scheme.Akili, a Northern California startup, insists on taking the game through a full battery of clinical trials so it can get approval from the Food and Drug Administration — a process that will take lots of money and several years.So why would a game designer go to all that trouble when there's already a robust market of consumers ready to buy games that claim to make you smarter and improve your memory?


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Makes for an interesting read, just don't tell my teenage son.....

 

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, August 12, 2015 2:29 PM

What do you think? Could this happen?

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PMI needs IPT increase ‘like a hole on the head’ – LaingBuisson

PMI needs IPT increase ‘like a hole on the head’ – LaingBuisson | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
The number of private medical insurance (PMI) policies held in the UK has dropped by 30,000, leading LaingBuisson to describe the insurance premium tax (IPT) hike...
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Lets put insurance beyond the reach of even more people....

Comments Please......

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Health Insurance - PMI - Patient fees an option as NHS struggles to make savings, public finance experts say

NHS charging one of three options as ‘radical transformation’ is needed
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"FREE AT POINT OF DELIVERY"???????

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Health Insurance - Life/Critical Illness - NHS missing key cancer targets, major charity claims

Cancer Research UK says health service is failing ‘thousands’ of patients
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An interesting read, especially as the findings come from Cancer Research UK

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Health Insurance - Life/Critical Illness - Financial impact of stroke underlined as number of working-age sufferers soars

50% rise in hospital admissions among middle-aged men
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OK Folks, aged 40 to 54?  Think you should have a read......

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NHS 'deterioration' spreading - Nuffield Trust

NHS 'deterioration' spreading - Nuffield Trust | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
The NHS’ provision of services to patients is beginning to struggle to meet targets beyond A&E, a briefing from the Nuffield Trust has warned.
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Why don't we try something new? Give the NHS resources NOT targets.......

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Health Insurance - Group Risk - Two in five employers see absence rates improve

Health Insurance - Group Risk - Two in five employers see absence rates improve | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
GRiD research uncovers good news
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The best way to cut absence rates is to keep your employees healthy......Do you meet your duty of care?

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This Makes Your Heart Attack Risk 8 Times Higher

This Makes Your Heart Attack Risk 8 Times Higher | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
A new study links high levels of anger to an increased risk for heart attack

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Marguerite Carstairs's curator insight, March 3, 2015 4:36 PM

When something starts to make you feel angry, learn to walk away or close off. Breathe deeply and relax. Nothing  and No-one is worth losing your life for. Learn to turn away from anger.

Stop, breathe deep and move away..

If you have someone who makes you angry every time they are near, tell them 'No' and stay away..

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NHS misses cancer target

NHS misses cancer target | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
The NHS has missed one of the targets for waiting times for patients receiving treatment for cancer following their GP’s referral, official statistics have shown.
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OK.  A missed targets!!  But who has the solution?? Any ideas??

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Staff shortages affecting stroke death rates - COVER Magazine - Protection and health insurance industry news, commentary and analysis

Staff shortages affecting stroke death rates - COVER Magazine - Protection and health insurance industry news, commentary and analysis | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
Two reports from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) have shown that there is a major shortage of NHS doctors and nurses in stroke care.. Critical Illness,NHS/National Health Service, healthcare
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Another interesting read...

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Health Insurance - PMI - Northern Ireland health service halts use of private sector providers

Annual spend on the independent sector has trebled since 2010/11
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AND what if you need a referral??

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8.5 Million Uninsured Holidaymakers Face Paying Thousands In Medical Bills

Travel Insurance News Features Products Reviews. Find out why in 2013 you may need medical insurance, and not just travel insurance. International Private Medical Insurance Magazine News - Reports - International Health Insurance - International Medical Insurance - Medical Assistance - Travel Assistance - Cost Containment - Air and Ground Ambulance - Claims - Expatriate Health Insurance - International Healthcare
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TRAVEL INSURANCE.....don't leave home without it.

http://www.medisavepmi.co.uk/travel-insurance/

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Why butter is fine, but too much margarine could kill you

Why butter is fine, but too much margarine could kill you | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests. - New Zealand Herald

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I KNEW IT !!

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The IPT earthquake sending shockwaves to PMI sector

The IPT earthquake sending shockwaves to PMI sector | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
Fiona Murphy discusses how the shock increase to insurance premium tax contained in the Summer Budget will affect private medical insurance policies
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Who is going to absorb the increase?

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Health Insurance - PMI - Scientists crack breast cancer prediction conundrum

Disease could be detected nine years before it develops
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Funding for Research does pay, how many lives will this save?

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Health Insurance - Life/Critical Illness - Family history ‘doesn’t mean worse prognosis’ for women with breast cancer

Inherited genes do not make treatment more difficult, researchers discover
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A more positive report this time, given the number of high profile celebrity stories of Breast Cancer that have been in the news of late.

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Health Insurance - PMI - Cancelled NHS operations at 'highest level for two years'

20,000 ops delayed at last minute between January and March
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We've had experience of this, those attending A and E with minor ailments get "Emergency" treatment and those on those waiting list get procedures cancelled.  NHS TARGETS ??

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Health Insurance - PMI - Most common PMI procedures at private hospitals revealed

Gastrointestinal endoscopies and biopsies top the chart
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An interesting read some unexpected procedures top the list...

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Virtual GPs: A PMI game changer?

Virtual GPs: A PMI game changer? | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
COVER investigates the trend for insurers to launch virtual private GP access and asks whether this could be the game changer that PMI has been looking for.
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Is a "Virtual GP" going to have the patients complete medical history to hand?  How will they make informed decisions?

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Health Insurance - PMI - NHS carrying out fewer 'low-value' treatments as funding pressures bite

Something's got to give as commissioners look for £20bn savings
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"Low-Value" treatments?? try telling the PATIENT it's a low value treatment.....

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Married TV actor wakes up to find his testicles have been STOLEN

Married TV actor wakes up to find his testicles have been STOLEN | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
Dmitry Nikolaev, aged 30, discovered his testicles had been removed after being approached by a woman in a bar and having a drink with her on finishing a performance at a small Moscow theatre.
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And now one to make you ouch!!!  Organ trafficking reaches new lows!!!

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Health Insurance - Occupational Health - UK businesses 'failing to put money where their mouth is' on health benefits provision

Two in five employers don’t offer health or wellbeing benefits - but more than half think they can have positive benefit
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Are you meeting your obligations to your employees? ~#health, #employee benefits,   

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Health Insurance - PMI - Northern Ireland: Sudden increase in hospital waiting times as NHS misses key targets

Health Insurance - PMI - Northern Ireland: Sudden increase in hospital waiting times as NHS misses key targets | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
Official stats show waiting time standards not being maintained
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An interesting read, perhaps if money was getting to where its needed waiting times would fall......

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Ebola test after passenger death

Ebola test after passenger death | Private Medical and Travel Insurance | Scoop.it
An Ebola test on a female passenger who died after flying to the UK from West Africa comes back negative, the Department of Health says.
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This is very serious,  this woman did not carry Ebola, but if the outbreak continues what measures can be taken to contain it?

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