A large majority of Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries members voted for the body’s constitution to be changed to allow for insurer membership last week.
At the meeting, 40 out of 45 AMII members – 40 per cent of the overall membership who were in attendance – voted to allow insurers to join the trade body.
The vote was cast in the hope of a single approach to growing the private medical insurance market and greater power to lobby on issues affecting the sector.
AMII has also been in discussions with Bupa for some time about membership and a verbal agreement has been made, but no contracts have been signed as yet.
AMII chairman Wayne Pontin says: “This move will enable AMII to represent all sides of the industry and become a more unified voice. With insurers on board and a joined up approach, AMII has more power to lobby on issues such as regulation and taxation.”