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  • 01/01/2000
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Corporate dental insurance plans have the potential to be the new low cost employee benefit, accordi...

Corporate dental insurance plans have the potential to be the new low cost employee benefit, according to CIGNA Healthcare.

Speaking at a recent healthcare insurance conference, James Kenrick, CIGNA’s sales director, said: “Dental insurance is one of the most promising potential markets in health insurance. While the UK PMI market shows little sign of growth, with only 4.7% growth between 1991 and 1997, most of which was in the company paid sector, the dental care market presents a far more positive opportunity.”

He added: “The dental care market is one of the fastest growing sectors of UK healthcare, estimated at £2.6bn in 1999. The growth in its value has largely been fuelled by patients moving from the NHS and means that private dental treatment is market now worth approximately £1 bn.”

According to the insurer, NHS patients now pay 80% of the cost of their treatment. A corporate dental scheme would cost the employer or employee just £10 per month.


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