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AIG cuts waiting PMI deal

AIG Europe is offering a private medical insurance plan so customers can avoid NHS waiting lists for minor ailments.

The company says the Healthnow plan is available at a third of the cost of many PMI policies.

The plan guarantees an immediate appointment with a consultant for less urgent medical conditions, including hernias and hip degradation, which can take months for diagnosis and treatment with the NHS.

According to AIG, more than 500,000 people in England and Wales are waiting for diagnosis while over one million people are waiting for hospital treatment.

The length of the lists means that hip replacement patients, for example, are waiting 246 days on average for an operation.

AIG pledges to treat people with problems of this type in around a week. Premiums start from £16 a month for a man aged 35 or £20 a month for a man aged 45. For a man over 55, the cost is £27.50.

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