Thinking about taking out hospital cover?
If you’re thinking about hospital cover, June is the month to sign up.
That’s because of a financial loading applied to private hospital insurance known as Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading, which encourages people to take out hospital cover at a younger age. It's calculated from 1 July every year.
Which means that joining in June makes great financial sense.
How does Lifetime Health Cover loading work?
If you sign up for hospital cover before 1 July following your 31st birthday, you avoid paying LHC loading for as long as you maintain your cover.
It's applied at a rate of 2% for every year you are over 31 (to a maximum 70%), so there's benefit for many in taking out cover sooner rather than later - even if you've already blown out 31 candles some time ago.
The loading you pay will be removed once you have 10 years of continuous hospital cover.
It's important to know that it only applies to hospital cover, not extras.
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