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ABI updates PMI guide

The ABI is updating its guide to private medical insurance aimed at consumers taking their first steps into buying cover.

Approved by the Plain English Campaign and the General Insurance Standards Council, the free guide is an update on the original written in 1999.

The guide outlines the range of cover available, how premiums are calculated, why the cost of cover may go up and the steps consumers must take to make a claim.

PMI providers will automatically supply a copy to anyone considering taking out cover and it is also available on the ABI&#39s website at www.abi.org.uk.

Head of health Richard Walsh says: “There are no shortcuts when it comes to safeguarding your health. This is why our guide is essential reading for anyone considering taking out medical insurance.

“PMI provides vital reassurance to more people than ever that, should they need it, they can receive medical treatment at a time and location convenient to them. By relieving pressure on the NHS, it is helping to ensure that the state scheme operates as effectively as possible.”

Healthcare Matters partner George Connelly says: “It is extremely helpful and a step very much in the right direction. It is honest and gives people a lot of information, which it puts in an understandable way. They went through a lot of consultation and worked hard on it.”

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