Health Insurance Special: Is Your Insurance A Waste Of Money?

Roughly half the population has health insurance, but many consumers are throwing their money down the drain on plans that are effectively useless

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
23rd July, 2017

Almost half the population has private health insurance. For some, it’s because they want more comfortable surroundings. For others, it’s out of fear that the public system they are already paying for won’t provide adequate care in their hour of need: an understandable stance, given the colossal waiting lists that public patients now face for diagnostic scans and procedures such as hip replacements, cardiac operations and neurosurgery.

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