We are delighted to announce SMP Healthcare has rebranded to Ascend Health

The UK Health & Protection Awards 2022

Ascend Healthcare for Best Small Protection Advice Firm

Wednesday 12 October 2022, London Hilton on Park Lane

The UK Health & Protection Awards is the eminent celebration of excellence in professional standards and innovation shown by intermediaries and providers…

Private Medical Insurance & Healthcare

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Top 10 tips for buying private medical insurance

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Private Medical Insurance & Healthcare

Ascend Healthcare Ltd is an independent health insurance broker situated in Chelmsford, Essex. We provide our clients with expert and impartial advice for all health related policies.  The team at Ascend can help you find the best solution for your healthcare requirements. Our experienced team can assist you whether you are looking for an individual, small business or corporate scheme.

Compare Private Medical Insurance, Dental and Cash Plans. These are just some of the products available to you. We work with many of the leading providers such as AXA Health, BUPA and AVIVA, to name but a few. Essentially we are able to offer our clients the best solutions as standard.

We work closely with our clients. Trust in our ability to find the right product for your needs whether consumer or corporate, home or abroad. Let us help you make an informed decision.

If you choose us as your insurance broker we will take away the hassle from the inception and renewal process.

Working abroad?

International cover available from providers such as: AXA PPP International, BUPA International and AVIVA InternationalRead More »

Travelling abroad?

Many policies offer travel insurance to run alongside your private medical insurance! Ask us now for a free, no obligation quotation.Read More »

Retirement Health?

If you are retiring from work and still want health insurance, let us guide you through the options available.Read More »


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How private health insurance works

As the uptake in UK private health insurance is increasing, you may wonder how health insurance works? If you are new to health insurance, let us help you understand how it works in practical terms. It is important to remember that health insurance (also known as PMI) does not replace the NHS. Health insurance works alongside the NHS and the premium you pay will dictate the benefits and cover you receive. If you want to be able to have access to private treatment for everything, then you will need to buy a fully comprehensive policy. You may even need to…

What isn’t covered by private medical insurance

When you buy private medical insurance, all insurers are keen to let you know what is covered, however, do they make it clear what isn’t covered by private medical insurance? Yes, you can look through the small print, but do you understand what it means in reality? Personal medical exclusions on your private medical insurance When you buy a policy with full medical underwriting, your insurance provider will issue a certificate. On this certificate, any personal medical exclusions will be shown. The underwriters will have made this decision based on the application form you completed. Your personal medical history and…

The advantages of Private Healthcare

You may ask yourself about the advantages of private healthcare. Why do you even need a private medical insurance policy in the UK? We have the NHS – surely that provides you with all the hospital treatment you can ever need? Well, maybe it would be beneficial to think about your medical treatment in more detail. 5 major advantages of private healthcare: Choice of hospital/ consultant Speedy access to diagnostic testing Treatments and appointments at a time to suit you The latest drugs and technology A private room   Choosing your hospital/facility or consultant Being able to choose where you…

Ascend Healthcare Ltd is a trading style of Ascend Broking Group. Company registration number 10468557. Ascend Broking Group is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm reference number 768429.

The information contained within the website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore primarily targeted at customers in the UK. Should you have cause to complain, and you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint you may be able to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service, which can be contacted as follows. The Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London, E14 9SR Tel: 0800 023 4567 or 0300 123 9 123 www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.