Initially formed in the 1950s and primarily concentrating on the over-50s leisure market, SAGA began to diversify, eventually offering financial and insurance-related products to clients. SAGA's private medical insurance is underwritten and provided by AXA PPP.
What services does SAGA health insurance provide?
SAGA health plans offer a wide range of cover across four levels of insurance. All levels offer benefits for both inpatient and outpatient treatments, giving you the freedom to choose the plan most suited to you. The highest level of cover provided is its Super Option but there are a host of benefits included in its other plans; Secure, Saver Plus and Support.
Support Option is the most affordable plan offered by SAGA and offers a very wide range of benefits. Starting with SAGA's Health Information Line, through to its 24 hour GP Consultation Line and on to the Fast Track Appointments Service, you get prompt access to private inpatient treatment covering all accommodation, physicians, anaesthetist and support staff fees. The Support Option also covers outpatient surgical procedures and offers optional Health Cash Benefits Cover.
The Saver Plus Option continues to provide everything covered by the Support Option with added cover for cancer treatment. Both radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments are covered plus other outpatient cancer treatment following diagnosis. You can also opt for optional extended cancer cover should you wish. For all your medical conditions or worries that crop up, consultations and diagnostics tests such as CT, MRI and PET scans are included along with practitioner and physiotherapist charges. On top of these, you will find that complementary therapy, homoeopathy and acupuncturist charges are also covered. Plus, if required, a 'second opinion' service and nursing at home costs can also be met.
Building on the cover already available from the first two plans, the Secure Option adds in the additional benefits of private ambulance transport should it be needed and cover for recuperative care once your private health treatment has been completed.
Finally, the highest level of health coverage offered by SAGA is the Super Option. This option includes all of the benefits of the Support, Super Plus & Secure Options and adds in psychiatric treatment for both in-patient and out-patient cover, an element that is not covered by many competitors policies. Dental cover is also provided by the Super Option providing major dental cash and dental injury benefits.
Pros and cons of ational Friendly
Provides cover for mental health treatment
24 hour GP service access
Choice of private hospitals for where to have treatment
Pre-existing conditions not immediately covered
Obesity treatment is not covered
Pregnancy and childbirth not included
SAGA health insurance FAQs
Can I bring my No Claims Bonus from my previous private medical cover?
Yes, there is potential to receive up to a 60% discount for your no-claims period transferred from another policy
Are there any additional benefits to taking out cover with SAGA?
Yes, SAGA health cover policyholders can take advantage of special discounted travel, leisure and retail services not just with SAGA brands but with many other companies too
Will my pre-existing conditions be covered?
Not immediately from the day cover commences, but SAGA have a Moratorium Plan, meaning any pre-existing conditions might be included in your cover after a period of three years if you have not been treated for or investigated for those conditions during those three years.
SAGA Health Insurance customer reviews
With an average review of 4.6 stars out of nearly 15,000 ratings on Trustpilot, it's safe to say SAGA Plc customers are, on the whole, pleased with their service. Praise for their private medical insurance on Trustpilot includes: "Cannot praise too highly the assistance l received when l had to have an operation."
If you want to protect yourself against future health conditions and have the potential to cover some pre-existing ones, a SAGA health plan can certainly make speaking to a medical professional much more accessible with their 24 hour GP service. This gives you rapid access to private healthcare from consultation to treatment and beyond, with many holistic and recovery care options also included.
With a choice of four different customisable healthcare plans, SAGA provides comprehensive private health cover to suit your needs and pocket.