Why We Consider the United Kingdom For Medical Tourism

The UK leads the world in medical research, taking place at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and the top London hospitals where penicillin was first discovered and the mysteries of DNA were unravelled. The UK’s private hospitals are among the very best in the world bridled with cutting-edge technology and medical equipment, and with some of the best healthcare professionals from all over the world.

Travelling to the UK for medical treatment also gives you the opportunity to tour the sights, take in the history and head for the fresh sea air of the coast. The UK countryside is a great place to relax and recover from your treatment amid miles of rolling hills, fields and ancient woodlands.

The UK offers facilities that are not just world-class but world-leading, backed by some of the best-trained doctors and surgeons in the world, along with an exciting choice of locations and activities to complete your trip, making it the perfect place for your healthcare tourism.

Key strengths of the United Kingdom for Medical Tourism

  1. Firm footing in medical research with ground-breaking discoveries in surgical practice and medicine.
  2. World-class private medical facilities the best around the world.
  3. Healthcare staff speak English and other languages offer interpreters.
  4. Advanced technology with exceptionally skilled practitioners.
  5. Tourist opportunities as part of the recovery process.

Information for Travelers to the United Kingdom

Capital and largest city: London
Other large cities: Birmingham; Manchester; West Yorkshire; Glasgow; Newcastle upon Tyne
Monetary unit: Pound sterling
Exchange rate: USD 1 = Pound sterling 0.78
Languages: English, Welsh, Scots, Scottish Gaelic
International Dialling Code: + 44
Electric Plug Type:
Type G
3 pins
13 A
220 – 240 V
socket compatible with plug type G

Health Insurance

Morgan Price International Healthcare

Website: http://morganpriceinternational.com/

Morgan Price was formed in 1999 to act as a product provider in the international health insurance market.  We are what is know as a managing general agent (MGA) or managing general underwriter (MGU) which means we are not an insurer, but we act on behalf of insurers in terms of product design, administration, premium collection and where appropriate claims handling, with an amount of delegated authority from that insurer.

The products we sell are our products and the clients who buy them are our clients.  We choose the most appropriate insurer (and other partners such as claims handlers) to provide the best service to our clients, and where they do not then we are able to change them.

Morgan Price International Healthcare’s Plans offer a comprehensive range of options to the expatriates, designed to give first-class medical care and peace of mind, backed by friendly, efficient and personal service.

For you we offer

  • Competitive rates of commission.
  • Speedy enrolment of your clients and their families - often the same day.
  • A dedicated contact within our office for any help or advice you may need.
  • Top quality marketing material to assist you with attracting expatriate clients.

For your clients we offer

  • A range of medical plans to suit most circumstances.
  • 24-hour multi-lingual assistance helpline.
  • State of the art claims processing by our partners.
  • Cover for in-patient, out-patient hospital care and cancer care.
  • Cover for accommodation charges, nursing care and more.
  • Flexible excesses allowing reduced premiums.
  • Newly diagnosed chronic medical conditions covered under most levels of cover.
  • The highest levels of personal service for the expatriate

Bupa Health Insurance

Website: https://www.bupa.co.uk/

Bupa was created on 3 April 1947 with the founding purpose – ‘to prevent, relieve and cure sickness and ill-health of every kind’ – enshrined in our original constitution, combining a caring ethos with freedom of choice.

Originally called the British United Provident Association, Bupa was never actually a provident association itself. Four large associations (the Central Provident Association, the British Provident Association, the Oxford and District Provident Association and the Birmingham Extended Benefit Scheme) and other smaller associations and hospital contributory schemes came together to create Bupa a private company limited by guarantee without shareholders.

By July 1948 we had 38,000 customers and an 80% share of the private health insurance market. Today we serve more than 27 million people across the globe.

The historical roots of our business in Australia are also deep – the firm that was to join Bupa in 2002 was originally founded in the 1930s to help people cover the cost of their hospital treatment. Sanitas, our business in Spain was founded in 1956 and joined Bupa in 1989. We have been in Hong Kong for forty years, it being one of the first places outside the UK that Bupa expanded to.

Over the past 70 years, we’ve been driven by our passion to provide high quality, affordable healthcare and by our purpose: helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

We are an international healthcare company. With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We have 15.5 million health insurance customers, provide healthcare to around 14.5 million people in our clinics and hospitals, and look after over 22,900 aged care residents in our care homes and villages.

We provide a choice of health insurance options with fast access to diagnosis, treatment and specialist support services depending on the cover you choose.

Health insurance benefits:

  • Access to Bupa-approved consultants and eligible treatment
  • Cancer cover with the Bupa cancer promise
  • Access to our 24/7 Anytime Healthline
  • Member offers from a range of third parties
  • Access to breakthrough drugs and treatment

We're committed to working with hospitals and clinics to offer Bupa customers access to high quality healthcare. As part of this commitment, it is important that hospitals and clinics that provide surgical and medical services to Bupa customers have clarity about what they can expect from us. This also gives our customers certainty that Bupa recognised hospitals and clinics agree to specific and consistent quality requirements and operational standards.

To provide this certainty, and to enable your facility to treat Bupa customers, you need a Healthcare Services Agreement (HSA) with us which will:

  • confirm your hospitals and clinics and services are recognised by us
  • set out the contractual terms to which both parties will adhere
  • enable your hospitals and clinics to treat Bupa funded patients
  • set out the prices that you agree to charge us for the services provided

Some procedures and services, such as cataract treatment, out-patient MRI, CT and TAVI, are covered under a separate agreement.


British Airways

IATA-Code: BA | Website: http://www.britishairways.com/

British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size, or the second largest, behind easyJet, when measured by passengers carried. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. In January 2011 BA merged with Iberia, creating the International Airlines Group (IAG), a holding company registered in Madrid, Spain. IAG is the world's third-largest airline group in terms of annual revenue and the second-largest in Europe. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index

BA was created in 1974 after a British Airways Board was established by the British government to manage the two nationalised airline corporations, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, and two regional airlines, Cambrian Airways from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines from Newcastle upon Tyne. On 31 March 1974, all four companies were merged to form British Airways. After almost 13 years as a state company, BA was privatised in February 1987 as part of a wider privatisation plan by the Conservative government. The carrier expanded with the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1987, Dan-Air in 1992, and British Midland International in 2012.

A long-time Boeing customer, BA ordered 59 Airbus A320 family aircraft in August 1998. In 2007 it purchased 12 Airbus A380s and 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking the start of its long-haul fleet replacement. The centrepiece of the airline's long-haul fleet is the Boeing 777, with 58 in the fleet. BA is the largest operator of the Boeing 747-400, with 41 registered to the airline. It is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance, along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and the now defunct Canadian Airlines. The alliance has since grown to become the third largest, after SkyTeam and Star Alliance.

Virgin Atlantic Airways

IATA-Code: VS | Website: http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/

Back in the early 80s Richard Branson was probably best known for Virgin Records. In 1984, Richard announced to the world that a high quality, value for money airline would begin operating and Virgin Atlantic Airways was born.

By the end of the decade they had flown over 1 million passengers and started shaking up services onboard by being the first airline to offer individual TVs to their business class passengers.

In 1992 Virgin launched the first super economy service that went on to become their award winning Premium Economy. They spent most of the Nineties buying new planes, expanding their route network and generally breaking new ground in passenger service, both on the ground and in the air and in 1999 Richard sold a 49% stake in the company to Singapore Airlines.

The decade is still young and they've already grown and now offer regular services to 25 destinations worldwide

In 2001 we were voted OAG Airline of the Year.

In 2002 they were the launch customer for the Airbus A340-600.

In 2003 the launch of the Upper Class Suite gave Upper Class passengers the longest flat bed flying and a great nights sleep.

In 2004 we unveiled the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, in which Steve Fossett will attempt the first non-stop solo circumnavigation of the world.

Thomas Cook Airlines

IATA-Code: MT | Website: http://www.thomascookairlines.co.uk/

Following the merger between Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group PLC to form Thomas Cook Group plc in June 2007, Thomas Cook Airlines was formed on 30 March 2008 by the merger of Thomas Cook Airlines UK Ltd and MyTravel Airways. The airline commenced operations in time for the summer 2008 season, with a fleet of Airbus A320, A321 and A330 aircraft along with Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.

In 2013, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor merged into a single operating segment of the Thomas Cook Group.[3][4] Thomas Cook Airlines carried around 6.4 million passengers during 2015, a six percent increase compared with 2014.[5]

In October 2017, it was announced that the airline would open bases at Leeds Bradford Airport and London Luton Airport to fill the gap left by Monarch Airlines which had ceased operations, these plans were then cancelled.

Thomas Cook Airlines operates flights to destinations in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Asia. The airline also operates worldwide charter flights from the United Kingdom for a number of tour operators; however, Thomas Cook Tour Operations is the main user of the airline. The airline also provides direct customer bookings on a seat only basis, through their own website.

British charter carrier Thomas Cook Airlines (MT) is headquartered in Manchester and operates from primary bases at Manchester Airport (MAN) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW). It has eight other operating bases spread across the United Kingdom. The airline flies to 95 destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the Caribbean. Its fleet of 31 aircraft primarily consists of planes configured with a single Economy Class cabin, but a few planes also feature Premium Economy Class seating. Short-haul flights offer food and beverages that can be purchased onboard the plane, while longer flights complimentary in-flight, although passengers still have to purchase beverages. Premium Economy Class passengers receive free food and beverages.

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