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We can help your employees on the road to better health

Your people are your biggest asset and – by putting their physical and mental wellbeing at the heart of your business – they’ll be healthier, happier and more productive.

Private medical insurance offers employees faster access to diagnosis and treatment, at a time and location that suits them. Offering PMI as a benefit shows staff that you care and helps employees return to work more quickly, minimising time off work and potential loss of income through illness.

Treatment at Benenden Hospital

If you offer private medical insurance as a staff benefit, your employees can access a range of treatments and services - delivered by leading and highly respected Consultants who are supported by compassionate and experienced teams - including:

Hip and knee replacement surgery

We’re the leading provider of private hip and knee replacements in Kent*. Get moving again with fast access to relief from hip and knee pain in a calm and welcoming environment.

Varicose vein removal

We’re the largest provider of varicose veins treatments in England*. Our specialist Consultants use non-invasive laser treatments to minimise pain and quickly remove varicose veins, with no overnight stay required.

Cataract surgery and special lenses

We’re the number one provider of private cataract surgery in Kent and Sussex* and one of the biggest providers of eye treatments in South East England. Our ophthalmic specialists perform thousands of operations every year.

Diagnostic tests and scans

Health concerns can be worrying. Our specialist diagnostics suite provides rapid access to tests, scans and examinations so your employees can get the results they need.

*Private Health Information Network, 2023

With high patient satisfaction rates, we’re the only CQC rated Outstanding private hospital in Kent. We offer a calm and welcoming modern environment with specialist award-winning facilities in a discreet and tranquil countryside setting.

It’s easy for your employees to arrange treatment. Our guide below outlines four steps to getting back on the road to recovery.

An employee's guide to requesting treatment using private medical insurance

1. Request a GP referral

To claim on their private medical insurance, the employee will need to ask their GP or other health professional for a referral to Benenden Hospital.

In some instances it's possible to self-refer, such as when requesting physiotherapy, but they should always check with your insurer.

2. Contact the insurance company

Before they attend hospital for consultation or diagnostic tests, it’s essential that the employee gets authorisation from their insurance company by asking the following questions:

  • Is my condition covered?
  • Is each stage of my treatment covered?
  • Am I covered for the planned treatment at Benenden Hospital, including my first outpatient appointment?
  • Does my insurance company recognise the Consultant I've chosen?
  • Is there an excess payable on my policy?

Medical insurance companies

We're recognised by the major insurance companies listed below. If an insurance provider isn’t listed below, your employee should contact them and ask for a referral to Benenden Hospital.

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Friendly Society Ltd
  • General & Medical Healthcare
  • National Friendly
  • Saga Health Insurance
  • Simply Health
  • Vitality Health
  • WPA

3. Book an appointment with us

Once they have a GP referral, and have contacted their insurance company for authorisation, the employee can call our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158. They'll share all the information needed about the available treatments, Consultants and booking details. If the employee has a pre-authorisation reference please pass it on to the team.

Before admission, we’ll write to your employee asking for the following details:

  • A claim form, if your claim form is already with the chosen Consultant, GP or insurance company, they should let us know
  • The name of the insurer
  • The membership or policy number
  • Confirmation of eligibility such as a pre-authorisation or claim number (some insurers give a different reference to the treatment, and authorisation of a consultation does not necessarily mean that they have authorised the treatment that results)
  • Any excess applying to their policy (most insurers will ask you to pay that direct to us)

The employee should bring these details to their first appointment. It’s vital that we have this information before admission because insurers may refuse to make a payment, they haven’t pre-authorised. In that case, the employee would be liable for the entire bill.

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