News articles supporting the case for low cost healthcare insurance and health cash plans


As we enter the month of January our thoughts turn to becoming healthier. With that in mind Orchard Healthcare share how a health cash plan can help to keep you healthy in 2017.  A health cash plan can help to maintain your health and prevent future health issues from occurring.  By utilising the health screening element of the plan this preventative method can identify early signs of disease and serious illnesses.  A health screening can check cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI which are all indicators of serious illnesses such as diabetes and potential for suffering a stroke or cardiac problems.  With 50% of the cost of the screening covered by Orchard Healthcare this new year health check can identify existing health problems or help to highlight the risk for future health issues.  Orchard Healthcare are even offering Wellman and Well Woman health screenings at their Worcester based facility making it even easier to ensure your health is looked after this New Year.

 Health cash plans can help with routine medical expenses.

Once your general health has been checked through a health screening we can help with the routine medical expenses that you incur each year to maintain your health.  Whether you need glasses or contact lenses we provide an allowance towards the cost for either of these each year. Even contact lenses schemes where you pay a monthly direct debit subscription are covered within our plan.

Regular visits to the dentist are essential but as research by Good Morning Britain uncovered last year almost half of patients are put off visiting the dentist due to the cost.  With 50% of the cost covered through our cash plan our members can afford to keep on top of dental check ups and hygienist visits.  Both NHS and private dental treatment is covered through our scheme, enabling you to choose the dentist best for you.

If you have a ‘niggle’ or ‘twinge’ in your back that is slowly worsening get it treated without a GP referral and take your pick from acupuncture, physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic treatment .  Just ensure that you select a registered physiotherapist, osteopathist, chiropractor or acupuncturist and we will reimburse 50% of the cost up to the maximum amount for your level of the plan.  Our members typical visit a therapist 4 times at a cost of £40 a treatment, this costs them just £20 a treatment thanks to Orchard Healthcare paying half of the cost.


If you are considering a healthcare plan to maintain your health you may be wondering which level is best for me?

If low premium is important and you don't expect to need a lot of medical care then the red plan is suitable for you, at just £4.63 a month you have the reassurance of being covered for unexpected medical conditions.

If you want to be covered for all eventualities then the gold plan covers for all treatments listed within the scheme including diagnostic procedures such as CT or MRI scans, at just £14.30 a month this is substantially cheaper than private medical insurance.

How easy is it to claim?

Simply keep your receipts from treatment and submit them along with a claim form within 12 weeks of the treatment date.  We will handle the rest for you by processing your claim and providing your benefit to you (either by cheque or bank payment) usually within 3 to 5 working days.

If you would like more information or would like to join Orchard Healthcare please call us on 01905 729090.

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