Medical cards have little effect on insurers

The new doctor-only medical cards could draw thousands more people into the private health insurance market, according to Oliver Tattan, chief executive of private health insurer Vivas.

22nd October, 2005

The new doctor-only medical cards could draw thousands more people into the private health insurance market, according to Oliver Tattan, chief executive of private health insurer Vivas.

“Effectively, 200,000 people will no longer have to pay for GP services,” Tattan said. “So these people will now have more disposable income, and we would encourage them to consider purchasing a hospital cover plan. These people, who had been quite vulnerable, can have very good cover.”...

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