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Frequently thought questions

Want to know a bit more about health insurance before you get started? We’ve put together the following answers to some questions often thought but rarely asked about health insurance.

What is health insurance, and what different types of policy are there?

Health insurance is designed to cover the cost of private medical treatment for illnesses or injuries.

In most cases, you will pay a monthly premium for your health insurance. When medical treatment is required, the supplier will pay out subject to any excess you choose, up to an agreed cover amount.

There are a number of types of health insurance. Most policies will cover essential treatments, but if you’d prefer to secure specialist therapies and complementary medicines, it is possible to pay for more comprehensive health cover.

It’s worth remembering that certain policies offer to reduce the cost of your cover if you can demonstrate that you lead a healthy lifestyle (e.g. if you go to the gym regularly). Others offer health cash plans, which contribute to your routine healthcare costs. These plans pay out a cash sum when you visit a medical practitioner (such as an optician or dentist).

It is also possible to reduce the cost of your cover by choosing a higher excess. This is the amount you will pay towards the cost of your treatment so make sure you can afford the excess you choose. An excess can apply each year or against each claim so check the options available.

Why compare health insurance with comparethemarket.com?

The health of your family is one of, if not the most important things in life. So what if you or one of your family needed urgent or specialist treatment? Would you be comfortable relying on the NHS or would you prefer to have health insurance to back you up.

Private Medical Insurance, also referred to as Private Health Insurance, gives you access to the care you and your family may need without the delays that you may experience with the NHS. It can also give you access to better forms of treatment as well in some circumstances. But finding the right medical insurance can be pretty confusing. That’s why we make the process of comparing private healthcare as simple as possible.

With a small number of questions, we can provide you with an easy-to-understand list of potential options.

What things should I consider when choosing a policy?

First off consider what level of cover you want, this ranges from basic to comprehensive cover.


Most healthcare policies also have a tiered pricing level, so for example, access to London hospitals will often be in the highest tier and therefore most expensive. You should therefore consider how far you may be willing to travel for treatment. 


Before buying cover, make sure you find out what it will pay out for. If you opt for a very low cost/ basic plan, then the chances are it may only pay hospital admission costs, and not out-patient costs. Seeing as only around one in five referrals by GPs leads to hospital admissions, policies which don't cover out-patient costs are likely to be much less usable than those that do.

What do I need to compare health insurance?

So you can find the most suitable medical policy, we’ll need general info such as your address, occupation and whether you smoke, but that’s it, we’ll then show you a list of your options. 

Not sure where to start, just want to talk to someone?

Our friendly advisers at Assured Futures understand that health insurance can be complicated and daunting, and they are at the end of the phone waiting to help.  Please call Freephone 0808 1411334.