Things to remember when making a claim…
If in doubt, call us on 01204 522775
Welcome to UK Healthcare
(the trading name of Bolton & District Hospital Saturday Council)
Welcome to UK Healthcare (the trading name of Bolton & District Hospital Saturday Council) We’ve tried to make this plan as simple to understand as possible. Please take time to read this document carefully and keep it safe for future reference. This plan is contractually binding whether or not you have signed the application form or any other document.
Insured persons are covered for the benefits shown in the plan schedule of cover, which in turn are governed by the following plan wording.
This policy is purely administered by UK Healthcare which is the trading name of Bolton and District Hospital Saturday Council. UK Healthcare is an Appointed Representative of Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Ltd.
The underwriter is Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Ltd (WCHS Ltd) and is registered in England & Wales company no. 303523. Westfield Health is the trading name of WCHS Ltd and is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the PRA. The financial services registration number is 202609. The registered office is Westfield Hours, 60 Charter Row, Sheffield, S1 3FZ.
Joining UK Healthcare
Anyone aged 16 to 70 can join UK Healthcare and can use the plan for as long as they wish. You will not be required to have a medical to join our scheme. You can upgrade your level of cover once every year during the lifetime of the plan. Downgrades are not normally allowed.
UK Healthcare reserves the right to decline an application for any employee, partner or child or refuse any request to upgrade to a higher level of cover entirely at its discretion and without providing reason.
Pre-existing conditions of employees only are covered. Pre existing conditions for partners and children are excluded.
You can add a partner or child living at the same address provided that UK Healthcare receive such an application within 30 days of commencement of the Employer scheme.
Payments are made in advance on a rolling basis and are non-refundable. For a claim to be honoured your payments must be fully up to date. Should payment fall into arrears we reserve the right to refuse your claim, even if the treatment date was before the date of arrears. Occasionally it will be necessary for us to increase the premium, alter the benefits available or amend the rules relating to your plan.
If this happens you will receive one month notice in writing. Notifications of address changes are your responsibility and we cannot be held responsible for any correspondence failing to reach you. We promise to notify you immediately if legislation which is outside of our control (e.g. Insurance Premium Tax) results in any change to your payments.
You can upgrade your cover to a higher level by paying the difference in premium between the level of cover you want and the level of cover your employer provides. You can only do this once a year. The level of cover chosen sets the premium that is payable. It is your responsibility to keep us informed of any change in bank details where you require us to pay claims.
When you can start claiming
You will be able to claim benefits after we receive the first payment from your employer. If you upgrade your cover you will be eligible to claim at the higher benefit rate only after we receive your payment.
How to make a claim
Every claim must be accompanied by a fully completed claim form and will be paid in full at 100% of the claim, subject to the appropriate plan limit. You may submit your claim online by visiting ukhealthcare.org.uk and following the simple steps provided. You can also download a claim form from our website, or ring 01204 522775 to request one. Claims should be posted directly to:
UK Healthcare, Regent House, Folds Point,Folds Road, Bolton BL1 2RZ
The following criteria must be applied on submitting a claim:
For prescription claims we require a Form FP57 which is available from the chemist where you collect your prescription. If this is unavailable we will require a receipt from the chemist and the corresponding prescription label which must include the patient’s name, date prescription provided and details of the drug.
For hospital claims, completion of a separate claim form is required, which must be signed and endorsed by the relevant hospital. Hospital claims cannot be made online.
Payments will always be made to the plan holder.
We have the right to request a medical report to validate any claim. We promise to adhere to the Access to Medical Records Act 1988 and Personal Files and Medical Reports (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 should such information be requested. We also reserve the right to request a second opinion for any claim. We will accept the costs incurred should such action be taken. This may result in an appointment with a healthcare professional of our choice. Failure to attend this appointment may result in your claim being refused.
On occasion it may also be necessary for us to request a medical declaration from your GP or other medical practitioner. You must pay all costs related to obtaining this report.
Payments made outside of the UK will be honoured at the current exchange rate on the date that the claim is paid. All payments will be made in pounds sterling with the exchange rate used being made in that country’s official currency. We will not pay any claim in advance of any treatment being received.
What you can’t claim for
Should you upgrade your cover, any medical condition in existence prior to the upgrade will only be covered at the original level of cover.
All benefit payments are provided in respect of a twelve month period. Each individual benefit period begins on the date of the first treatment, goods purchased or service that you have received. Each claim for a different treatment starts a new commencement period for that particular benefit. After each benefit period has expired the next benefit period will commence on the date of the next hospital admission or receipted claim request. Should you be charged by a doctor or practitioner for completing any claim such costs will be at your expense.
Should any overpayment of benefit be paid by our underwriter the amount in question must be reimbursed.
You can include up to four of your children or those of your partner up to their 24th birthday, provided they are in full time education. Should they not be in full time education cover will cease on their eighteenth birthday.
UK Healthcare will request proof of educational status for any child over 18, only biological and adopted children are covered and we may request original birth certificates at the time of application. Adopted children are only eligible if they were adopted when under 3 years old. Claims for dependant children can be made by either contributing parent or guardian but not both. Should you wish to add an additional child to the plan we will require such a request in writing. Unless we have received written notification no benefits will be payable.
Medical Practitioners, Consultants and Specialists
Claims will only be paid if the person providing your treatment or care is a qualified practitioner who meets the following criteria. They must be (depending on their field):
You can cancel your plan by giving us and your employer one-month notice. We will not refund any premiums paid and we reserve the right to prevent individuals from joining again for three years from the date of termination. If you or anyone paying premiums on your behalf misses two consecutive monthly payments we will immediately terminate the agreement. We reserve the right to cancel your plan at our discretion by providing one month’s written notice, and without giving reason. If we suspect any claim is fraudulent we reserve the right to cancel your policy with immediate effect without giving reason. We reserve the right to refuse cover or an upgrade to a higher level scheme again without giving a reason.
UK Healthcare may cancel your plan with immediate effect if we think that you have:
If we are suspicious that a claim may be fraudulent we have rigorous anti-fraud measures in place. If proven, fraudulent claims may result in legal action against offenders and cancellation of the plan. Abuse of the plan in any other way may result in cancellation of the plan. We have the right to immediately suspend or cancel your plan and refuse to pay any monies requested. We always prosecute fraudulent claimants and look to recover any costs incurred as a result of action taken. Fraud is a criminal offence that can result in a fine or prison sentence. We monitor claims behaviour on all policies and may request an appointment with you to discuss your claims.
Keeping your details safe
We will store and process your personal data in accordance with current Data Protection legislation. We will use your information for providing our services, for handling your claims, for improving our service and assessing premiums and risks. We may also provide your information to businesses who we work with to provide our services to you, to regulatory, supervisory or other authorities where this is required by law, or if the person requesting the data has in or opinion a legitimate reason to do so. You can ask for a copy of the information we hold and to remedy any inaccuracies at any time. This will incur a small fee. Calls to UK Healthcare may be recorded for training and/or monitoring purposes.
Our aim is to provide you with a great customer experience. If you are unhappy with any aspect of our service send full details of your complaint to the Customer Service Manager at:
UK Healthcare, Regent House, Folds Point, Folds Road, Bolton BL1 2RZ
We will acknowledge your complaint as soon as reasonably practicable, if possible we will agree a resolution with you within three working ways, otherwise we will investigate and you will receive our final response within a maximum period of eight weeks.
If you are dissatisfied with our response you may refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service free of charge at Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR, Tel no.0800 023 4567 or by visiting financial-ombudsman.org.uk where you will find more information. The Financial Ombudsman Service is our alternative dispute resolution provider.
Changing your mind
You have 14 days from receipt of your membership certificate to cancel your plan. Your employer will receive a refund of any premiums paid within this period only. If you have upgraded your cover and paid for cover you will also be entitled to a refund within the first 14 days. Either email us at email@example.com or call our customer services team on 01204 522775.
In the unlikely event of us being unable to meet our financial obligations you can claim compensation from this scheme. You can find further details at fscs.org.uk/consumer or contact them on 0800 678 1100.
UK Healthcare is the trading style of Bolton & District Hospital Saturday Council who is responsible for the administration and payment of claims.
Your benefits explained
Dental (NHS & private)
✔ Dental treatment, check-ups, hygienist fees
✔ Full or partial dentures
✔ Denture repairs
✔ Dental consultation fees
We don’t cover:
✘ Cosmetic dentistry
✘ Non prescribed items and consumables
✘ Dental maintenance schemes
✘ Premiums paid to a dental care contract
✘ Laboratory fees and dental technician fees
Up to the maximum can be claimed for your appropriate level of cover every benefit year towards the actual costs you have incurred.
✔ Dental injury that is a direct result of an accidental impact
We don’t cover:
✘ Accidental damage caused during eating, sleeping, biting
✘ General wear and tear
✔ Eye tests
✔ Prescribed spectacles, contact lenses
✔ Payments you make for prescription lenses, supplied under a monthly scheme, when you obtain an itemised receipt confirming payment has been made (to be submitted quarterly)
✔ Sunglasses with prescribed lenses
✔ Laser eye surgery
✔ Disposable contact lenses
We don’t cover:
✘ Non prescribed spectacles or contact lenses
✘ Optical sundry items / consumables
✘ Spectacle contact lens insurance premiums
✘ Part payment of prescriptions
✘ Ophthalmic consultation fees
✘ Off-the-shelf reading glasses
Wellbeing (physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture)
We don’t cover:
✘ Any treatment provided by a practitioner not registered with the appropriate professional body
✘ X-Rays and scans
✘ Appliances for lumbar support, books, flexiband, tape, ice or heat packs
✔ Consultations recommended by your GP
✔ Diagnostic tests
✔ Pathological examinations
✔ Blood tests in relation to diagnostic consultation
We don’t cover:
✘ Cost of a referral
✘ Treatment charges
✘ Ambulance charges
✘ Fees incurred other than during illness
✘ Dietician or nutritional services
✘ Visits to GPs or clinics
✘ Operation fees
✘ Investigative charges: CT scans / PET scans / MRI scans / ultrasounds
✘ Anaesthetic fees
✘ Speech therapy services
✘ Counselling services e.g. bereavement,psychiatric, psychological
✘ Assisted conception, fertility treatment or pregnancy care
✘ Check ups including cancer remission
✘ Fees for follow-up consultations
✔ Well man/woman screening
✔ Osteoporosis screening
✔ Mammogram screening
✔ All screening that helps prevent an illness
We don’t cover:
✘ Home testing kits
✘ Screening for employment services
✘ Legal insurance or similar matters
✘ X-Rays and blood tests not included in the full health screen
Staying in hospital
Up to 28 nights can be claimed in a 12-month benefit period for any NHS, hospice or private hospital stay. The relevant benefit allowance can only be claimed in respect of each illness or related condition throughout the lifetime of the plan.
✔ Maternity admission after 10 nights
✔ Immediate cover following an accident
We don’t cover:
✘ Respite care
✘ Nights when patients are allowed to leave for any reason
✘ Outpatient treatment
✘ Attendance at A&E
✘ Stays relating to a psychiatric condition
Accompanying your child in hospital
✔ Any period of stay between one and 28 nights for one parent accompanying a child up to their 18th birthday who is covered by this plan.
We don’t cover:
✘ More than one accompanying parent
✘ The post natal period after the birth
✘ Another relative accompanying the child
Hospital day case admission
✔ When a customer has signed an admission form for admission to a day care ward for investigation or treatment of an acute or chronic medical condition where you experienced these conditions whilst a plan holder
✔ Up to 10 times in a benefit year to the maximum shown
✔ Outpatient treatments for radiotherapy, chemotherapy or oncology
We don’t cover:
✘ Attending as a general outpatient
✘ Casualty patients
✘ Maternity/geriatric/psychiatric/hospice care
✘ Cancelled operations
✘ Pre-admission appointments
✘ Respite care
✘ Kidney dialysis
✘ Treatment not carried out in a hospital
All treatment received must be validated by a letter of referral from your GP
✔ Remedial massage
✔ Homeopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
We don’t cover:
✘ Sports massage, Indian head massage, Reiki, Alexander technique and Hopi ear candles
Chiropody / Podiatry
✔ Any treatment that is the result of a medical condition that is carried out by a qualified practitioner
We don’t cover:
✘ Cosmetic pedicure
✘ Consumables: corn plasters/insoles/dressings
✘ Surgical or corrective footwear
✔ Upon production of form FP57 (if unavailable a receipt plus the prescription label detailing your name, treatment and date will be accepted) up to 5 prescription charges in a benefit year dependent upon level of cover
✔ All items relating to a medical condition
✔ Prescriptions from a GP or dentist
We don’t cover:
✘ Annual prescription certificates
✘ Items not related to a medical condition e.g. holiday inoculations, fertility treatments, nicotine replacements, weight loss control unless medically prescribed
Helplines – 0800 107 6585
The following services are provided by companies that are contracted to UK Healthcare. We reserve the right to change providers for these services without providing notice to you, unless there is a change to the service provided or contact details.
Scheme Number – 72740
All of the helplines are totally confidential. To use any of the services telephone 0800 107 6585, quote the scheme number (72740) and advise the service that you require:
Private Legal Advice
Confidential legal advice on any personal legal problem such as, but not limited to, employment, consumer contract, landlord & tenant, property, probate and motoring, within the territorial limits of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Support on issues such as bereavement, workplace issues, relationship issues, alcohol and drugs, depression and anxiety.
Health & Wellbeing Medical Helpline
Information on supporting a healthy lifestyle, helping with fitness and general well being. The helpline can provide general medical advice and support, but is not a diagnostic service.
Gym, spa and leisure benefits
You and your family covered will be eligible to join a health club convenient to you at the lowest membership rate available and take advantage of preferred rates on a variety of retail services To take advantage of these discounts please visit our website at ukhealthcare.org.uk
The benefits of your plan apply to holidays and business trips abroad up to a maximum duration of 28 days. Any documentation submitted must be translated into English for us to process the claim.
Before we pay any claim we may ask for a copy of your travel documents. The benefits covered under this section are restricted to, dental (including accidents), optical, wellbeing, hospital In Patient and Hospital Day Case and Prescriptions. All other benefits provided within the Plan are excluded.
The law of England and Wales applies to this contract. A person who is not party to this contract has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any terms of this plan.