AA to provide health insurance
by Richard Kilner
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The AA, best known for assisting motorists whose vehicles have broken down, has entered the healthcare domain, collaborating with AXA PPP healthcare to offer both members and non-members three levels of private medical insurance.
The firm will also offer a helpline that operates 24 hours a day.
Director Simon Douglas has described the move as a natural extension of its health- and life-related products which already include critical illness coverage and life insurance.
Douglas went on to say that he expected the new coverage to be well-received, and added that the range of services would be extended later in the year.
Three levels of insurance coverage will be available, and all of them will provide coverage for surgical procedures, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, as well as scans (CT, MRI and PET) and in-patient and day patient care.
AA members who have been with the firm for over a year can also take advantage of a two month free introductory bonus, with online discounts also available.
Private medical insurance has grown in popularity in recent years, even defying the recession.
According to the ABI 2008 saw a 2.7% increase in the total covered by private medical insurance, with 7.3m people in the UK thus protected.