Unpacking the jargon terms associated with health insurance
When purchasing a product or service for your business it is essential that you understand exactly what you are buying.
As with most financial products and services there can be a lot of jargon for you to understand with private medical insurance. To make it a bit easier, here are examples of some of the most common terms you might encounter when purchasing private medical insurance.
You will often hear private medical insurance referred to as PMI or IPMI (which is the term used to describe cover outside of the UK e.g. international private medical insurance).
Pre-existing conditions are medical conditions that existed prior to an insurance policy being taken out.
Underwriting will determine the cover you and your team will have for pre-existing conditions. For small business the most popular underwriting options are: continued personal medical exclusions (CPME), medical history disregarded (MHD), full medical underwriting (FMU) and moritorium underwriting. MHD and CPME will provide cover for pre-existing medical conditions that are covered under an existing policy, as well as any new conditions that may arise. Please note this could be subject to terms and conditions.
These are typically diseases, injuries or conditions that require long term treatment and monitoring, continue indefinitely with no known cure and are likely to reoccur. Examples of chronic conditions includes, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, arthritis and cystic fibrosis.
These are usually diseases, injuries or conditions that are likely to respond quickly to treatment and that you will make a full recovery from. Examples include bronchitis, a broken bone and mastitis.
These are tests which are carried out to help provide a diagnosis and understand the cause of your symptoms. These include x-rays, scans and blood tests.
A day-patient is a patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic because they need to be medically monitored, but they don’t need to stay overnight.
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