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BIBA swells participants of its healthcare focus group

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BIBA (The British Insurance Brokers’ Association) has announced that it will be accepting two new additions to join the ranks of its UK healthcare focus group.

The new appointments follow a decision made earlier this year by the committee to widen the scope of its remit from focussing purely upon private health insurance and branch out in to the wider issues affecting healthcare, including group life insurance, income protection products and critical illness benefits.

A statement by a BIBA spokesperson, the head of technical services Peter Staddon reads: "The new members will strengthen the expertise of the focus group which will help us to tackle a range of health care industry issues head on." The managing director of Healthcare Prtners Glen Smith, who also chairs the BIBA focus group has commented: The stronger focus group will help us to engage with government, especially following the announcements around the NHS in the recent comprehensive spending review."

The focus group will be joined by Mike Izzard, the managing director of Premier Choice Healthcare and former chairman of the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII) and Wayne Pontin of Jelf Employee Benefits.

BIBA is the UK 's leading general insurance organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers. BIBA membership includes 1700 regulated firms. Insurance brokers and intermediaries distribute nearly two-thirds of all UK general insurance. In 2007, insurance brokers and intermediaries generated £1.5 billion of invisible earnings and they introduce £22 billion of premium income into London 's insurance market each year.

BIBA provides unique schemes and facilities, technical advice, guidance on regulation and business support and is helping to raise, and maintain, industry standards. BIBA works closely with the Chartered Insurance Institute to provide training to those working in the industry and actively participates in helping the industry and its customers deal with some of the major issues of the day.

Category: Health Insurance

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