Laya Healthcare's Pre-Budget Submission 2015

LAYA HEALTHCARE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT HEALTH INSURANCE SECTOR

FROM REACHING CRISIS POINT

No further penalties for the public sought in pre-Budget submission

 

In its 2015 pre-Budget submission, laya healthcare has today called on Government to protect the private health insurance sector from reaching crisis point.

With nearly 500,000 members, Ireland’s second largest private healthcare insurance provider is focusing on two key issues that have contributed significantly to the high cost of premiums; the Government Health Insurance Levy and a cap on tax relief.

Laya healthcare is asking that no new penalties, namely an increase in levies or a further cap on tax relief, are introduced in Budget 2015 by the Minister for Finance.

Since the introduction of the Government Health Insurance Levy in 2009, charges have jumped from €160 to €399 per adult, an increase of 149% in less than five years.

Budget 2014 reduced the amount of tax relief at source for health insurance policies on premiums in excess of €1,000, resulting in over 90% of policy holders having to pay more for their health insurance*.

Since 2008, around 300,000 people have abandoned their private health insurance and laya healthcare’s own research shows that 83% of people leave the health insurance market because of price.

Dónal Clancy, managing director of laya healthcare said, “If 300,000 people have been forced out of the private system, there is only one place for them to go, the public health system, which is already under considerable pressure. We are urging Government not to penalise the public any further through measures that will only serve to drive more people away from private health insurance and into the public system.

“In theory, the introduction of Lifetime Community Rating, which was recently signed into legislation by the former Minister for Health is a sound decision. However, people will not and indeed, cannot come in to the system unless insurance is made affordable.  This means no more levies and no more caps on tax relief.”

Laya healthcare’s pre-Budget submission contends that unless urgent action is taken by Government now, thousands more people will have no option but to drop their health insurance cover over the coming months. Recent figures from the Health Insurance Authority demonstrate that the average dropout rate during 2014 has been 7,000 people per month and if this trend continues, an additional 210,000 people will abandon their private health insurance between now and the end of 2016.

“This will have a profound affect on an already unsustainable health insurance market and add fire to a public health system that simply won’t be able to cope,” said Dónal Clancy.

“These issues need to be addressed in order to protect the private health insurance market from reaching crisis point and I hope that the Government gives due consideration to the issue of rising insurance prices when framing the next Budget.”

A copy of laya healthcare’s pre-Budget submission is available here.

Laya Healthcare cuts prices on 'Create Your Scheme' by up to 30 per cent

LAYA HEALTHCARE CUTS PRICES ON ‘CREATE YOUR SCHEME’ BY UP TO 30 PER CENT

laya healthcare reduce premiums to make healthcare insurance more affordable

30 June 2014: Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider, has cut the cost of some of its most popular products to ensure members have access to the best value health insurance. The premium reduction of up to 30 per cent ensures health insurance in the Irish market remains affordable.

Effective from 1st August, members who create a policy tailored to their own needs can avail of a price reduction that will range from 10 to 30 per cent for adults and children. In addition to the price reduction on ‘Create Your Scheme’, laya healthcare is also reducing the adult rate on five other products by up to 22 per cent; Essential Connect, Essential First, Essential Connect Saver, Essential Starter and Essential Plus Excess. These price reductions will also come into effect from 1st August 2014.

‘Create Your Scheme’ is a revolutionary way for Irish consumers to buy health insurance, allowing them to take control of the cost of their health insurance. Consumers can build a policy around their individual needs by considering the level of hospital cover they want, the level of in-patient excess they are prepared to pay in order to reduce their costs, and the out-patient cover to suit their needs.

Since its launch in December 2013, ‘Create Your Scheme’ has been hugely successful and now accounts for over half of laya healthcare’s online sales.   

“Our promise to our members is that we are looking after you always. We are continuously striving to do that in every way possible and we are now offering major reductions on our most popular products. Laya healthcare is absolutely committed to providing best value, affordable health insurance solutions to our nearly half a million members” said Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare.

Following the price cuts, consumers will now pay as little as €44.18 per month for an adult and €12.49 per month for a child for health insurance cover with ‘Create Your Scheme’.

Laya healthcare is also cutting the cost of cover for kids by 50 per cent on the Essential Connect Family product. The offer, which runs from 1st July until 31st October, now means that kids and students can be covered for just €13.21 per month. 

Medical Costs Management Achieves Reductions in Admissions & Claims Costs

LAYA HEALTHCARE’S MEDICAL COSTS MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME ACHIEVES REDUCTIONS IN

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND CLAIMS COSTS

 ~ Estimated cost savings of up to €100 million by 2016 already yielding better care outcomes for patients ~


Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider, has today announced the results of a major medical costs management programme, which has already resulted in significant claims cost savings. The health insurance provider is predicting total savings of almost €100 million as a result of the review over the five year period from 2012 to 2016. The company believes that the savings over time from its medical cost management programme can be passed on to its members and will lead to better value for consumers.

The medical costs management programme has also led to a significant reduction in hospital admissions through the promotion of better practices and efficiencies.

Included in the broadened medical costs management review is a clinically led utilisation review programme - which strives to deliver better patient care and outcomes through medical reviews undertaken against international best practice guidelines. The review also encompasses hospital rate negotiations, changes to orthopaedic policy and the on-going identification of potential overcharging for a wide range of hospital procedures by laya healthcare’s medical costs management team.

The utilisation review programme, and its associated cost savings, has enabled laya healthcare to reinvest in initiatives such as in-home healthcare options allowing members to be treated in their own home which has a positive effect on a patient’s care pathway. Through this programme, laya healthcare has already seen a reduction in hospital admissions, where patients are not admitted to hospital unless medically necessary. Laya healthcare also encourages the use of pre-assessment clinics by hospitals, which is international best practice, to facilitate same-day surgery where possible.

Laya healthcare is the first private healthcare insurance provider to implement a medical costs management programme which is largely clinically led. The framework for the review programme was designed in conjunction with US utilisation review expert Dr. Ben Safirstein who is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York. Dr. Safirstein collaborated with laya healthcare in developing an improvement process tailor made for the Irish healthcare sector. These internationally recognised best-practice medical reviews will enhance patient care and outcomes. This process is designed to ensure that laya healthcare’s almost half a million members receive best quality healthcare in the most appropriate setting for their medical needs.

Dr. Ann O’Doherty, Medical Advisor at laya healthcare explains the benefits of medical costs management: “The Irish health system has been under the microscope in recent times with particular focus being placed on cost efficiencies and best care pathways for patients. While better practices, high-spec technology and improved treatments are all translating into best patient outcomes, they are driving medical costs higher, which in turn has a negative impact on premiums.

By successfully containing our medical costs we can help ensure that consumers continue to have access to quality, affordable healthcare solutions.”

Dr. O’Doherty continues: “While cost savings are important for the business, it is never at the expense of ensuring the best outcome for the patient. Laya healthcare believes strongly in investing in the nation’s health and our unique HeartBeat benefit is a good example of this. HeartBeat is a free cardiac screening initiative that is available to all laya healthcare members to detect for underlying heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Adults Death Syndrome (SADS).”

Looking forward, laya healthcare is confident that it can continue to successfully implement cost efficiency measures that keep its average cost of claims lower than the market average across all age groups as is currently the case. In doing so, laya healthcare can continue to keep private health insurance affordable for its members, and invest in healthcare initiatives that benefit and support not only laya healthcare members, but all patients.

Major advance in Irish Healthcare as eClaims comes to Market

Major advance in Irish Healthcare as eClaims comes to Market

Irish healthcare industry introduces eClaims to promote faster submission of claims and faster payment

4th April, 2014 – Electronic claiming has been successfully introduced for the first time in two key private healthcare providers in Ireland, it was announced today. eClaims will revolutionise the way claims are processed in the Irish healthcare industry. It is a joint initiative spearheaded by three of the key health insurers, Aviva Health, laya healthcare and Vhi Healthcare and is being co-ordinated by Insurance Ireland.

eClaims is well established worldwide in countries such as the United States, Australia and the UK. The aim of the initiative has been to rollout a national standard for electronic claims, which will benefit all parties, achieving savings through the reduction of paper work and providing healthcare providers with improved cashflow and resources to focus on patient care. eClaims will ultimately mean faster submission of claims and faster payment and will enable greater control of the claims management processes. 

Last year, two private healthcare pilots were successfully completed and over recent months both have been submitting live electronic claims to the three health insurers for processing:

  • Euromedic Ireland, a leading provider of diagnostic healthcare, supported by service provider Medserv; and
  • Beacon Hospital, a Full Service Hospital, successfully went live with the SoftCo Claims Management Solution that supports the new eClaims Standard. The Beacon Hospital have led the way by delivering the first eClaims solution in a Full Service Hospital. The SoftCo eClaims solution in the Beacon Hospital is also integrated with the service providers, Hospital Accounting Services and Medserv.

Commenting on the introduction of eClaims, Michael Horan, Insurance Ireland said: “As the Irish healthcare industry looks to the future, eClaims will be a key driver of change across the sector.  All parties recognise the need to phase out the current inefficient paper claims process in favour of electronic processing. International best practice demonstrates that eClaims is the way forward, and it is imperative that the Irish healthcare industry develops its processes in line with these standards. I am delighted to see all parties coming together to bring this initiative to market and this demonstrates real success by the private healthcare providers in Ireland”. 

Michael Horan added ”The success of the pilot in the private health sector, which is expected to be followed by a rapid adoption by other private hospitals, should serve as a model for the public sector to follow and help address the delays in submission of claims by the hospitals to the insurers. eClaims will also be a critical enabler for the Universal Health Insurance, where all healthcare facilities will be required to process a much higher volume of claims. This simply cannot be achieved with the current paper process.  The three main Healthcare Insurers are now focusing on the rollout of eClaims across the Irish Healthcare market, with the aim of making the current paper-based scanning submission process a thing of the past”.

The success of the eClaims pilot should serve as an impetus to both the Public and Private sectors to engage with this industry initiative and provide appropriate resources and leadership to implement the system. The Insurers have the resources and capacity to engage with any public or private hospital who are interested in pursuing the electronic claims process. Further information on eClaims is available on www.ehealthclaims.ie.

Laya Healthcare opens Dublin office with announcement of 50 jobs

LAYA HEALTHCARE OPENS DUBLIN OFFICE WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF 50 JOBS

- Laya healthcare marks period of significant growth with opening of an official Dublin headquarters and 50 new jobs by 2016 -

Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider, has opened an official headquarters in Dublin today with the announcement of 50 new jobs. This follows a period of consistent growth that has seen membership in Dublin grow by more than 16 per cent in the past two years.

At its launch in May 2012, laya healthcare committed to creating 100 new jobs by 2015 and the insurer is delighted to have exceeded this, currently employing more than 440 people between its headquarters in Cork and Dublin. Recruitment has already begun for 50 new jobs, which will be created over the next two years, with growth expected in the sales, customer service and claims teams in particular. 

The new laya healthcare Dublin office is located on 1 Hume Street in Dublin City Centre. Welcoming its opening, MD Dónal Clancy said: “Since we first launched laya healthcare in May 2012 we have consistently recorded growth in the Dublin market; overall, our membership in this region has grown by more than 16 per cent since launch to date. Last year, we recorded our strongest performance yet, with corporate sales growing by over 70 per cent.

The outlook for 2014 is equally positive. That we are already ahead of our target membership growth, year to date in a market that continues to lose a record number of people every month is testament to our dedication to providing quality, affordable healthcare solutions at the best possible price.” 

In the past 12 months, laya healthcare has made a number of key appointments to its Dublin team recruiting Ronan Whelan as Head of Sales, with Joyce Kellett and Brian McKiernan recruited as Major Account Manager and Strategic Account Manager respectively.

“We have made some key strategic appointments in recent months,” said Mr Clancy, “and we are not stopping there. I am delighted to announce that we have already begun recruiting for 50 new jobs, which demonstrates our commitment to the market and to growing our team. In formally establishing a presence in Dublin, we are consolidating our position as Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider. More importantly, we are reinforcing our commitment to looking after our almost half a million members always and will continue to offer innovative services and solutions that add genuine value to our members’ healthcare needs.” 

Innovation

Innovation is a driving force behind growth for laya healthcare in 2014; the healthcare insurance provider has already revolutionised how health insurance is purchased in Ireland with its ‘Create Your Scheme’ tool. Create Your Scheme delivers a healthcare insurance policy tailored to individual needs and budgets, allowing consumers – for the first time – to take control of the cost of their health insurance. 

Expanding on the benefits of Create Your Scheme, MD Dónal Clancy said: “We developed Create Your Scheme in response to market demands and since its launch in December 2013 it has changed how private health insurance is sold in Ireland. Members have three options to consider: the level of hospital cover they want, the level of in-patient excess they are prepared to pay in order to reduce their costs and the out-patient cover required to meet their specific needs. 

“With our competitors now following our lead, the key differential between our solution and others on the market is that we continue to include, at no additional cost to the member, specialist cardiac procedures as a core benefit on the majority of the solutions.  Members can also choose an out-patient level of cover that suits their needs, regardless of their in-patient cover.”

Create Your Scheme now accounts for more than half of laya healthcare’s online sales. Plans start from just €463.29 per year, which currently includes a 10 per cent discount when bought online.

Control the cost of your health insurance with ‘Create Your Scheme’

 ‘Create Your Scheme’ is driving sales and offering flexibility and value for Irish consumers

Thursday 1st May 2014: Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider, has revolutionised how health insurance is purchased in Ireland with ‘Create Your Scheme’. The innovative solution allows consumers take full control of the cost of their health insurance. By simply picking the level of cover required and the amount they wish to pay, ‘Create Your Scheme’ delivers a healthcare insurance policy tailored to individual needs and budgets. Members have three options to consider the level of hospital cover they want, the level of in-patient excess they are prepared to pay in order to reduce their costs and the out-patient cover to suit their needs.

Since its launch in December 2013, ‘Create Your Scheme’ has led the way in changing how private health insurance is sold and has now given consumers control over the cost of their policies.  Developed in response to market demands, ‘Create Your Scheme’ has proven hugely successful, accounting for over half of laya healthcare’s online sales.

The flexible options start from just €463.29 per year.  This includes a 10 per cent online discount currently available on all ‘Create Your Scheme’ plans when bought online.

Laya healthcare has always emphasised the need to deliver the best levels of care and choice for all its members.

The difference between our solution and others on the market is that laya healthcare continues to include, at no additional cost to the member, specialist cardiac procedures as a core benefit on the majority of the solutions.  Members can also choose an out-patient level of cover that suits their needs, regardless of their in-patient cover.

Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare, commenting on the success of Create Your Scheme to date, said: “With ‘Create Your Scheme’ we are putting control in the hands of consumers so that they can now select the level of cover they want as well as the cost they wish to pay. This innovative solution has already proven successful and is a clear indicator that this is something that members have been looking for in order to manage their health insurance needs. Through ‘Create Your Scheme’, we are opening the door for new and existing members to access quality health insurance at a price affordable to them.”

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Laya Healthcare's statement on levy increase - Nov 2013

Statement from laya healthcare in response to the Government's decision to increase the levy on health insurance.

All comments to be attributed to Dónal Clancy, MD at laya healthcare

As Ireland’s second largest private health insurer, laya healthcare is very disappointed by Minister Reilly’s announcement regarding increases to the health levy. Since its introduction in 2009, the health levy has jumped from €160 to €399 per adult, representing a total increase of 149%. The cost per child is also set to increase to €135 representing a hike of 155% since its introduction.

At laya healthcare, we strongly believe that increases to the health levy, which follows the recent cap on tax relief and the public beds re-designation charge, will drive more people out of the health insurance market that has already seen record numbers of people drop their cover. Rather than protect the most vulnerable patients as outlined by the Minister, the levy hike will only increase the burden on an already struggling public health system.

The increased levy will affect almost all our members, and families in particular will be the hardest hit. The levy is currently costing laya healthcare €60 million in 2013 alone, which is €14 million more than in 2012. We are expecting the announcement to further significantly impact on the cost of providing affordable healthcare.  

While we fully support community rating, it is fundamentally wrong that a member who is finding it extremely difficult to continue to pay for private health insurance on a relatively low-level scheme is paying the same levy rates as those on higher level plans. Any level should be based on a standard, core set of benefits and not on the entire market. Risk equalisation can only work if a level playing field exists in the market.

Despite our frustrations, we will continue to participate in Government forums and meetings to ensure that the consumer above all is protected. We firmly believe that the future of the Irish healthcare system MUST be built on an industry–led solution and we are committed to being a part of this important process. 

Laya Healthcare announces 50% off kids offer

Save 50% on kids’ health insurance with laya healthcare’s FamilyCare Scheme

Thursday, 1st August 2013:  Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest private health insurance provider with more than 475,000 members, today announced details of its new 50% discount on kids’ cover as part of its FamilyCare scheme. This offer is available for tots to teens from 1st August until 30th September.

With back-to-school currently front of mind for parents, laya healthcare is conscious of the consequent strain on Mum’s and Dad’s purse strings. Uniforms, books and new stationary are just some of the additional costs associated with this time of year. Laya healthcare would like to alleviate some of this financial pressure by offering 50% off kids’ premiums on one of their most popular family schemes, FamilyCare, which will cost just €212.97 per child/student and €179.72 for a 3rd or subsequent child/student.  The discount is activated immediately upon switching and is valid for 12 months.

Children on the FamilyCare scheme receive access to both public and private hospitals, a 50% refund on everyday medical expenses such as GP visits, and 24-hour access to both the laya healthcare GP Line and Nurseline.

Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare says this latest offer is a result of members’ feedback: “Affordability and cost remain the number one concern for our members. We regularly ask for ideas on how we can help and offering a discount on children’s premiums was one of the most popular ‘asks’. We made a promise to our members to look after them always. This new offer is just another example of how we continue to strive to keep this promise and, moreover, keep quality private health insurance accessible to families acrossIreland.”

The 50% off kids offer is available from 1st August until 30th September. Call laya healthcare now on 1890 700 890 to find out more, or visit laya healthcare at www.layahealthcare.ie or www.facebook.com/LayaHealthcare.

Laya Healthcare launches the "Big Screen"

LAYA HEALTHCARE LAUNCHES BIGGEST-EVER CARDIAC SCREENING CAMPAIGN

 FOR SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUBS TO MARK 1ST BIRTHDAY

- €100,000 worth of FREE heart screenings up for grabs –

 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013: In the biggest free cardiac screening initiative of its kind, laya healthcare today announced that it will give away €100,000 worth of cardiac screenings to thousands of members of sports and social clubs around Ireland this summer.

The laya healthcare ‘Big Screen’ cardiac campaign is being rolled out as part of laya healthcare’s celebrations to mark a successful first year in business and will provide vital and potentially life-saving screenings for people aged 12+ years to help detect underlying conditions that may lead to or cause Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

The Big Screen is open to all types of sports organisations, no matter how big or small, or what level of skill or fitness is involved. Laya healthcare today issued a call to action to all such clubs – rugby clubs, swimming groups, dance troops, hill walking societies, karate clubs, GAA clubs and more – to submit their nomination today on www.facebook.com/LayaHealthcare.

Commenting on the Big Screen initiative, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director at laya healthcare, said: “To mark the launch of laya healthcare last year, we launched HeartBeat, our free cardiac screening benefit available to all laya healthcare members. We have been overwhelmed by the response. While we made a promise to our members to ‘look after them always’, we had a lot of queries from those who weren’t members, mostly sports and fitness clubs who would have an obvious interest in our HeartBeat screenings. As a thank you for supporting us in our first year, we are now extending the free cardiac screening offer to the family and friends of our members who are active in sports clubs around the country.  If our Big Screen initiative saves just one life, then it’ll be the best first birthday present we could have ever asked for.”

The Laya Healthcare Big Screen will be live on the laya healthcare Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LayaHealthcare, where club members are encouraged to click ‘like’ to find out more and nominate their club.  Each week one lucky club will be selected at random for free heart screening.

Since its launch last May, laya healthcare has screened over 15,000 members through HeartBeat. The health insurer has also marked its first successful year in business by announcing significant growth achievements across the business. Operating in the toughest market for health insurance in decades, laya healthcare today revealed that it has bucked the trend by growing its customer base from 450,000 to over 475,000 members in just 12 months. The company also revealed that it is on track to create 100 new jobs by 2015, with 58 positions filled in the past year in its Dublin and Cork offices. 

Laya Healthcare announces significant growth in first year of business

Tuesday, 14th May 2013: Laya healthcare, the second largest health insurer in Ireland, today marked its first successful year in business by announcing significant growth achievements across its business. Operating in the toughest market for health insurance in decades, laya healthcare today revealed that it had bucked the trend by growing its customer base from 450,000 to over 475,000 members in just 12 months.

The company also revealed that it is on track to create 100 new jobs by 2015, with 58 positions filled in the past year in its Dublin and Cork offices. Significant and ongoing investment in the areas of Customer Service, Claims and Sales has resulted in a 58% increase in year-on-year sales at laya healthcare. This growth has fuelled aggressive expansion targets with the launch of laya healthcare’s first Dublin office last September designed to address increased sales volume, especially in the corporate health insurance market which has grown by 31% when compared to 2012 figures.

To mark the important milestone of a healthy first year in business, laya healthcare today announced that it is to give away €100,000 worth of FREE cardiac screenings - vital, potentially life saving screenings for people aged 12+ years which can help detect underlying conditions that may lead to or cause Sudden Adult Death Syndrome - to sports and social clubs across Ireland this summer. The laya healthcareBig Screen’ initiative is open to all kinds of sports organisations, no matter how big or small, or what level of skill or fitness is involved. Laya Healthcare today issued a nationwide call to action to rugby clubs, swimming groups, dance troops, hill walking societies, karate clubs, GAA clubs and so on, to submit their nomination today on www.facebook.com/LayaHealthcare

Forensic cost savings:

An expansive drive for growth has been coupled with the pursuit of significant cost savings, while ensuring best outcome for members.  Laya healthcare today  announced that it is on track to deliver savings of €18 million by the end of 2014 through forensic analysis of operational costs along with a wide range of clinical reviews & claim audits. As well as identifying cost saving opportunities, the reviews are conducted to ensure that members are receiving efficient and quality healthcare in the most appropriate settings for their medical needs.

Reflecting on a successful first year in business, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare said, “It’s been a remarkable year for laya healthcare, and yet the most challenging one we’ve ever faced as a business. That we have significantly grown our members in a market that is hemorrhaging about 5,500 customers a month is testament to the hard work of our team, and moreover our obsession with providing affordable quality healthcare with best outcomes for our members.

“2013 will be about renewing our focus on value - we will fight tooth and nail to maintain our current position as the insurer offering best value in health insurance in the market. Driving cost efficiencies across the business is critical to this. Our savings target of €18 million is just the tip of the iceberg and will be delivered via a significant ramping up of claims investigation audits in 2013 and 2014, which will yield greater savings and ensure the best outcomes for our members.”

Commenting on the roll out of €100,000 worth of free heart screenings, Clancy added, “when we launched last year we offered free screenings for all our members and were overwhelmed by the response. We got a lot of queries from those who weren’t members too, mostly sports and fitness clubs who would have an obvious interest in these screenings. While we made a promise to our members to ‘look after them always’, we wanted to show our thanks for supporting us in our first year by extending the free cardiac screening to the family and friends of our members who are active in sports right across the country.  If our ‘Big Screen’ initiative saves just one life, then it’ll be the best 1st birthday present we could ever have asked for.”

Key Highlights of laya healthcare’s first year in business:

  • Growth in membership from 450,000 members to over 475,000 members.
  • 58 per cent increase in sales.
  • 31 per cent growth in corporate sales.
  • In Dublin, sales have grown by 79 per cent; corporate membership is up by 30 per cent.
  • 58 new hires bringing work force to 399 employees.
  • On track to deliver savings of €18million by year end 2014 through “forensic drive for efficiencies
  • Focus on Innovation is strong with 11 new products were introduced, plus a range of special offers including HeartBeat (over 15,000 screenings carried out to date)
  • Laya Healthcare was voted Top 100 Great Places to Work in Ireland and recognised in Excellence Through People awards.

 

Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship goes from strength to strength in second year of sponsorship

Monday April 14th: For the second consecutive year laya healthcare is title sponsor of the family fun festival, the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship. As the business’ largest national sponsorship, the partnership is an excellent opportunity for laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest health insurer, to give something back to Irish families, including its over 470,000 members.

Commenting at the launch of the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship Lorraine Walsh, Head of Marketing with the health insurer said: “Feedback from last year’s festival was phenomenal with 97% of those in attendance at both the Dublin and Cork festivals rating their experience as “awesome” or “great fun”. 64% of those who came in contact with the festival recognised laya healthcare as sponsor, which is why there was no question in our minds when it came to renewing our sponsorship this year.

“At laya healthcare, adding value for our members and their families is something that we are passionate about, which is why this festival is the perfect fit for our brand.  Giving back to our members through free family entertainment events like the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship is another demonstration of our brand promise of ‘looking after you always’.” 

Lorraine Walsh continued:  “Last year, laya healthcare provided free family entertainment for approximately 240,000 people across both the Dublin and Cork weekends of the festival. This year we expect the event to be even bigger.  With a focus on ‘laughing out loud’, we are extremely excited about the introduction of a dedicated ‘laya healthcare lol arena,’ which will be home to the Ministry of Silly Ideas. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine and I’m certain that the 2013 Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championships will be full of smiles, giggles, hearty laughs and more!”

Festival Co-Founder and Director Mark Duckenfield said: “This free family festival would not be possible without our title sponsor, laya healthcare. Their commitment to the Street Performance World Championship has helped to bring world class entertainment to your doorstep for everyone to enjoy free of charge. This year the laya healthcare lol arena will be home to the giggle-a-minute Ministry of Silly Ideas – proof that laya healthcare is looking after you always, even including your funnybone!”

 

THE LAYA HEALTHCARE STREET PERFORMANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LISTINGS:

DUBLIN: Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Supported by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland

Friday July 12 – Sunday July 14, 2013

12 – 8pm daily

CORK: St. Patrick's Street

Supported by Cork City Council and Fáilte Ireland

Saturday July 20 - Sunday July 21, 2013

12 – 8pm daily

Laya Healthcare donates €5K to Daffodil Day!

Friday 22nd March: Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest private health insurer, is celebrating the launch of its official twitter handle – @layahealthcare – with a donation of €5k to The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day.

The fundraising campaign was driven through social media and coincided with laya healthcare’s sponsorship of the 9th annual National Healthcare Conference. Beginning on the day of the conference, laya healthcare called for people to tweet using the official hashtag, #layanhc, with the health insurer looking for 5000 tweets to help meet its drive for €5K.  The campaign was so successful, the hashtag #layanhc was trending as the most talked about topic on Twitter in Ireland at lunchtime on Wednesday.

Lorraine Walsh, Marketing Manager, laya healthcare commented: “When we decided to join twitter, we wanted to do something to mark the occasion. When we realised our launch coincided with Daffodil Day, it was an obvious choice as a superb charity to support. Even though we were slightly shy of reaching our target, we’re still delighted to donate €5k to the Irish Cancer Society for Daffodil Day, as it is such a fantastic cause.”

Laya healthcare is delighted to donate and support such a worthy cause and to help create awareness for the Irish Cancer Society by spreading the word on Social Media about Daffodil Day this Friday 22nd March. Laya healthcare would like to thank everyone that used the hashtag and helped contribute to the €5k for Daffodil Day.

For more information, find laya healthcare on Facebook/LayaHealthcare or follow the health insurer on Twitter at @layahealthcare.

 

Private health insurance market is critically sick, maybe terminal

Wednesday, 20th March 2013. One of Ireland’s largest health insurers, laya healthcare, has today challenged Health Minister Reilly to address the price spiral that’s forcing a record number of people - 64,000[1] last year alone, and mostly the young and healthy - to drop their cover.
 
Managing Director, Dónal Clancy, said the private health insurance industry was critically sick, perhaps terminal, unless the price spiral issue was addressed by Government. He issued the call to action at the National Healthcare Conference in Dublin today, which was attended by Minster Reilly. His call comes on the back of new research commissioned by laya healthcare which reveals that one in three private health insurance holders with children plan on cancelling their cover in 2013, with one in six (17%) claiming they can no longer afford it.

But cancelling and downgrading their cover will put huge strain on young families with children with a staggering number (87%) admitting they are worried about falling ill and having to rely on the public health system and 79% say that they will delay non-emergency medical procedures and going to their GP (86%) to keep costs down.

Commenting on the findings, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare said, “We are very conscious that affordability and the consumer’s ability to pay are front of mind in the current economic climate. The current system is unfair in that the majority of people on more basic plans are cross-subsidising those on the premium top-tier plans with all the frills. This is unjust and is fuelling a record market decline. Applying risk equalisation to a core, standard set of benefits would help stabilise the market and address the issue of fairness. We must reform health insurance if it’s to survive and provide genuine benefits for our 465,000 members, BUT we must do it within the context of reforming the health system as a whole.”

“The most fundamental change the Government can make is to start incentivising, NOT dis-incentivising young, healthier people to take up health insurance. The introduction of lifetime community rating would mean that the younger you enter the private health insurance market, the more affordable it is. This would serve as a compelling financial incentive for younger people to enter the market, and stay in it”, Clancy concluded.


[1] Health Insurance Authority (HIA) report, March 2013

Laya Healthcare announces private health insurance research results

Tuesday, 19th March 2013. New research commissioned by laya healthcare reveals that one in three private health insurance holders with children plan on cancelling their cover in 2013, with one in six (17%) claiming they can no longer afford it. Almost half of all young families with children (49%) admit they are unhappy about the upcoming increase in the government levy charge* which comes into force on 31st March and will review or downgrade their health cover to more basic benefits as a result. 

The research was commissioned by laya healthcare in preparation for a keynote address by Managing Director, Dónal Clancy, at the National Healthcare Conference tomorrow, Wednesday, 20th March. His keynote will explore the question, ‘Is the future of Ireland’s health insurance a healthy one’.

The research confirms a widespread fear that the price spiral affecting Ireland’s health insurance industry is driving a record number of people - 64,000[1] last year alone, and mostly the young and healthy - to drop their cover.

But cancelling and downgrading their cover is a huge worry to private health insurance holders with children:

- An overwhelming number (87%) say they are worried about falling ill and having to rely on the public health system

- 74% plan to fast track medical procedures while they have private health insurance in place - this will almost certainly place a burden on the public health system

- Worryingly, better outcomes are at serious risk for those who plan to downgrade or cancel their cover: 79% say that they will delay non-emergency medical procedures while 86% will delay going to their GP to keep costs down

Of those parents planning to drop out, the majority (66%) are young aged between 30-44 years. This threatens the current system as younger, healthy people are needed to support community rating. 

Commenting on the findings, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare said, “The research confirms our worst fears that the price spiral affecting private health insurance will force more people to drop their cover this year. Finding ways to incentivise people - especially the young and healthy - to take up private health cover will be critical if we are to transition successfully and seamlessly to the new Universal Healthcare system promised for 2016.

“The current system is unfair in that the majority of people on more basic plans are cross-subsidising those on the premium top-tier plans with all the frills. This is unjust and is fuelling a record market decline. Applying risk equalisation to a core, standard set of benefits would help stabilise the market and address the issue of fairness”, he concluded.

 Little support for Universal Healthcare

There was little support among consumers for the Government’s plans for Universal Healthcare, promised for 2016. Only 20% supported the new system, compared to 11% who say they oppose the plan.  Lack of understanding is widespread with two in three (64%) admitting they don’t know enough about Universal Healthcare to have an opinion on it.

Poor outlook among Ireland’s health professionals

Laya healthcare also explored the outlook of the future ofIreland’s private health insurance among a nationwide sample of 100 GPs, hospital consultants practice and hospital nurses.

 A staggering majority (76%) of health professionals do NOT think thatIreland’s health system is designed to protect the people that need it most and ensure better outcomes for patients. In line with this, 100% of health professionals say thatIreland’s health system is in need of URGENT reform.

Other research highlights:

- The majority of Irish health professionals (77%) think that there’s an urgent need to incentivise younger people to take out health insurance in order to maintain and protect the principle of community rating

- 95% support the Government’s plan for Universal healthcare

- It’s a 50:50 split among health professionals on the Government’s ability to deliver Universal healthcare on time by 2016. 50% say yes it will, 50% don’t think the government will succeed in rolling Universal healthcare out in time

- 82% of health professionals say that health insurers have an important role to help the government + other regulators shape the future ofIreland’s health system

Both sets of research - among consumers and health professionals - was carried out by independent research groups in March 2013. The consumer research was carried out by Spongeit Research. The telephone interviews among 100 health professionals was carred out by Real Insights research company.


[1] Health Insurance Authority (HIA) report, March 2013

Laya Healthcare to raise €5K for Daffodil Day!

 

Thursday, 14th March 2013. Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest private health insurer, is celebrating the launch of its official twitter handle – @layahealthcare – with a donation drive for Daffodil Day.

The campaign coincides with laya healthcare’s sponsorship of the 9th annual National Healthcare Conference.  Beginning on the day of the conference, laya healthcare will be calling on people to tweet using the official hashtag – #layanhc – with the health insurer looking for 5000 tweets to help meet its drive for €5,000. The Twitter campaign will continue until Daffodil Day on Friday, 22ndMarch.    

Live from Thursday, 14th March, the @layahealthcare Twitter account will be another vital way for the Irish health insurer to outreach to its almost half a million members, kicking off with regular updates on the progress of its Daffodil Day campaign

Laya Healthcare recognised as one of Ireland's Great Places To Work

 

Friday, 8th March 2013. Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest private health insurer, has been officially recognised as a Best Workplace 2013 at the annual Great Place to Work Awards. This prestigious accolade was announced in front of a packed house at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, which was attended by Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ms Creighton complimented all the organisations for creating high trust workplaces which she said leads to a clear competitive advantage especially when trading internationally.

Laya healthcare was announced as the 16th placed organisation in the Best Large Companies Workplace 2013. Commenting on the award win, MD Dónal Clancy said: “It gives me great pleasure to see laya healthcare recognised as one of Ireland’s great places to work. Everyday, we ensure that ‘looking after you always’ is at the heart of what we do, and we apply this philosophy not only to our nearly half a million members, but to our own team also. We work hard to make sure that everyone has a voice, everyone’s opinion is valued and that, ultimately, everyone is proud to be part of the laya healthcare team. Given that we operate in a challenging and often difficult market, this award acknowledges the strong team ethos that is already in place and that we will continue to nuture and promote going forward.”

Commenting on the wonderful achievement by 49 organisations, CEO of the Great Place to Work Programme, John Ryan, said that competition for places on the list was at its highest in 10 years as more organisations had chosen to go through the assessment process, clearly appreciating the business benefits of having a high performing workplace where employees are seen as having a critical impact.

“This is a fantastic achievement particularly given the difficult economic backdrop, proving that if you invest time and effort in developing the right culture in your organisation your people will be your best asset and will be key to your business success”

ABOUT GREAT PLACE TO WORK IRELAND AND THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Great Place to Work Ireland is part of a Global network with offices in 48 countries using the same assessment methodology to publish 45 country lists, as well as regional and a Global list. The best known is the Fortune 100 list of best companies to work for in the United States. The key defining feature of a best workplace is the levels of trust that exist within it. The definition of a great workplace from an employee’s viewpoint is one where you trust the people you work with, you have great pride in what you do and you enjoy the people you work with.

The Great Place to Work Institute assesses the practices in place in organisations under 9 key areas: inspiring, speaking, listening, caring, developing, thanking, hiring, celebrating and sharing. They then benchmark these practices against other organisations in that country. The second key component of the assessment is an anonymous ‘trust index survey’ that gathers the perceptions of employees under 5 dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. Finally there is a full analysis of open ended comments from employees.

A full list of listed organisations and award winners is available at www.greatplacetowork.ie

Board of Laya Healthcare is formally unveiled at new Dublin office

 Pictured L to R - D.O. O'Connor, Larry O'Dwyer, Brenda Ryan, Kieran Barry, Dr. Ann O'Doherty, Dónal Clancy, Mary Condon and Brendan Tuohy.

Monday, December 17th, 2012. Laya healthcare’s seven member Board of Directors has been formally unveiled at the company’s new Dublin office in Fitzwilliam Hall. The new base in the heart of Dublin will be home to members of laya healthcare’s Corporate Sales and Occupational Health (Health@Work) teams.

The Board is led by Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Kieran Barry, former Managing Director in Ireland with Hewitt Associates. The Board includes three Executive Directors from laya healthcare’s senior management team - Dónal Clancy, Managing Director, D.O. O’Connor, Deputy Managing Director & Director of Business Development and Mary Condon, Director of Finance.

The three remaining Board members are Non-Executive Directors, Brendan Tuohy, Former Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Larry O’Dwyer, a former partner at Ernst & Young and current member of the Audit Committees of University College Cork and Cork County Council and Dr. Ann O’Doherty, Clinical Director, BreastCheck, Dublin and Consultant Radiologist, St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Brenda Ryan, laya's Director of Operations, has been appointed the new Company Secretary. Brenda helped steer the management-led buyout of QUINN-healthcare in December 2011. She joined BUPA Ireland in 2000 and is an experienced member of the senior management team.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kieran Barry signaled a bright future ahead for laya healthcare: “This is a hugely exciting time for the team and the members of laya healthcare. At our launch on May 14th, we pledged ourselves to looking after our members always and we will strive hard to fulfill that promise. We also announced our intention to expand the business, with plans to add 100 new jobs over a three year period. I’m delighted to confirm that 30 additional people have already been recruited since the launch with further recruitment planned”.

Laya healthcare is the second largest provider of private health insurance in Ireland, with more than 450,000 members. The company officially launched on May 14th heralding a new era in Irish private health insurance. The company has positioned itself as the consumer champion in the private health insurance market with its brand promise - ‘Looking After You Always’. This represents laya healthcare’s member-centric approach which is fundamental to its vision and values.

Laya healthcare’s senior management team, led by Managing Director and Board member, Dónal Clancy, has extensive experience in the healthcare industry both in Ireland and internationally. Most of the senior team have been with the organisation since it originally launched as BUPA Ireland in 1997.

Laya healthcare’s policies are underwritten by Elips Insurance Ltd. (trading as laya healthcare), a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Re. The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of 56 offices globally and is rated “AA” by Standard & Poor’s. Its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid to large-sized corporations and public sector clients.

 

Laya Healthcare announces ‘50% off kids’ offer

-Save 50% on kids’ premiums on Health Smart Plans from November-

Dublin, Thursday, 1st November 2012: Laya healthcare, Ireland’s second largest provider of private health insurance with more than 450,000 members, today announced details of its 50% discount for children’s cover on its Health Smart and Health Smart Family schemes.

Switch now to avail of 50% off children premiums on two of laya healthcare’s most popular schemes Health Smart (just €130 per child) and Health Smart Family (just €200 per child) from 1st November. The discount is activated immediately upon switching and is valid for 12 months.

Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare says that the inspiration to offer ‘50% off kids’ on two of its most popular schemes came from members, “Affordability and cost remain the number one issue that’s front of mind with our members. We regularly ask them for ideas on how we can help and giving a discount on children was one of the most popular ‘asks’. At our launch in May we made a promise to our members of Looking After You Always. This new offer is just another example of how we are constantly striving to keep this promise and moreover, keep quality private health insurance accessible to families across Ireland.”

The 50% off kids offer is available for purchase to all consumers nationwide. Call laya healthcare now on 1890 700 890 to get more information, or visit laya healthcare at www.layahealthcare.ie.

About laya healthcare:

Laya healthcare officially launched on May 14th marking a new era in Irish private health insurance. The company has positioned itself as the consumer champion in the private health insurance market with its brand promise - ‘Looking After You Always’. This represents laya healthcare’s member-centric approach which is fundamental to its vision and values. Laya healthcare is the second largest provider of private health insurance in Ireland, with more than 450,000 members.

Laya healthcare’s policies are underwritten by Elips Insurance Ltd. (trading as laya healthcare), a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Re. The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of 56 offices globally and is rated “AA” by Standard & Poor’s. Its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients.

Statement from Laya Healthcare re Risk Equalisation Bill - Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012

Thursday, October 18th, 2012. Laya healthcare is frustrated by, and disappointed at, the ill-considered way in which the Government is rushing through its proposal for a revised new Risk Equalisation Bill - Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012 without any proper consultation with health insurance providers.

The focus for the Department of Health should be on affordability and the consumer’s ability to pay. Since February 2012, when the Government first announced plans to revise the Bill, laya healthcare has made several attempts – all futile – to meet with the Department of Health in an effort to review the legislation and offer constructive feedback on proposed amendments and solutions. Despite promises to the contrary, all efforts to engage have unfortunately been spurned or ignored.

Along with a number of other key stakeholders, laya healthcare has been invited to attend a debriefing session in the Department of Health tomorrow, Friday, October 19th. The consultation process has been requested by laya healthcare for some time now. Therefore, it was expected that this session would provide an opportunity for the interested parties to review and provide feedback on the draft Bill prior to its publication. In the meantime, the Department announced its intention to publish the Bill prior to the debriefing session on Friday, negating the chance of any meaningful consultation at this late stage.

Laya healthcare is currently working through the detail of the Bill and reviewing the exact financial implications for consumers. However, at first glance the following points are already clear:

  1. The ability of consumers to avail of new, innovative benefits has been squashed by the new Bill as insurers will only be permitted to alter benefits across its most popular range of schemes, once a year. This will stifle competition in the market and will impact negatively on consumers in terms of genuine choice and affordability.
  2. The way in which the Bill was introduced is extremely heavy handed given that it restricts the private health insurers’ ability to introduce innovative new products to the market. The private health insurers only received sight of the draft legislation on October 17th, the very same day that they were required to give notice to the HIA of all products for sale from January 1st, 2013. This is without full visibility on how risk equalisation will be rolled out.
  3. As the system currently stands, consumers are discouraged from moving provider mid year as the health levy must be paid regardless of movement within the market. This new bill has done nothing to address this. Laya healthcare has a range of innovative benefits in the pipeline which will be welcomed by consumers but will be restricted from introducing these under the new Bill.
  4. The proposed new regime will be much more complex and expensive for the HIA to operate and will require significantly more resources. This will ultimately impact on the cost of the health levy which will be passed on in rising costs to the consumer.
  5. It would appear that this bill is incentivising the market based on the number of nights a person occupies a hospital bed. This will drive inefficiency and increase the cost of claims by encouraging patients to stay in hospital longer than is necessary.

Dónal Clancy, Managing Director, laya healthcare said: “As the second largest player in the private health insurance market, we represent more than 450,000 members who tell us they are extremely worried about the spiralling cost of private health insurance. Reforming the private health insurance sector must include incentivising younger people to enter the market with a standard product or Universal Health Insurance as its heart. For some time, we have been asking Minister Reilly and his officials at the Department of Health to engage in open and meaningful consultation with all key industry stakeholders to move this process forward. Regrettably for consumers, these requests have fallen on deaf ears”.

“Affordability is the number one reason for people exiting the market and it’s primarily young people with families who are cancelling their policies. This is a disaster for the future of the healthcare industry as young people are critical to helping underpin the principle of Community Rating. This principle means that older people should not be penalised by paying more for their private health insurance than younger people in the market. Furthermore, it’s a vicious circle when more people choose to opt out of private health insurance they merely fall back into an already overstretched and overburdened public health system. One of the better ways to make improvements is to incentivise young people to enter or stay in the market”.

“Unless we seriously tackle the cost spiral affecting consumers in the market, which is primarily being driven by an unfair health levy or stealth tax, and look at ways of reducing the cost of claims, we risk facing a serious meltdown of our healthcare system” concluded Mr. Clancy.

Helping one another to piece together the ASD jigsaw

Laya Heathcare Autism Jigsaw Seminar in association with the Shine Centre for Autism

Tuesday 9th, October 2012: The 2012 Laya Healthcare Autism Jigsaw takes place in the Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Cork from 8.30am to 3.45pm on Thursday, 25th October. Building on the fantastic success of last year's event, with over 700 people in attendance, this years’ seminar will include expert speakers from the United States, the UK and Ireland. Covering a wide range of topics around autism and Asperger Syndrome, the purpose of this event is to educate and empower attendees to put the pieces of the ASD jigsaw together. ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorders, refers to any diagnosis within the autism spectrum, from Asperger Syndrome at the high end to “classic” autism at the low end. This seminar will enable parents, educators, carers and professionals living and working with autism to listen to new ideas, strategies and enhance their own knowledge and expertise.

Jennifer Cooke O’Toole, author of the hugely successful book, Asperkids, will be travelling from the United States as this years’ guest speaker. Jennifer will speak of her experiences of living with ASD and the challenges she faced on her path to becoming an award winning educator and author. The speaker line up will also include professionals such as Kevin Baskerville, Leicestershire Autism Service Intensive Support Manager, and Dr. Mickey Keenan Senior Lecturer at the University of Ulster and Behavioural Analyst. The 2012 seminar sponsored by laya healthcare will once again cover a diverse range of topics including; bridging the social gap for children and adolescents with autism, practical strategies to help in the areas of relationships and sexuality, and encouraging and re-enforcing positive behaviour for persons with autism.

A vital element of the Laya Healthcare Autism Jigsaw Seminar is the Q&A session held at the end of each speaker’s presentation. This session gives each attendee the opportunity to ask questions of each of the six expert speakers about specific issues, or challenges that they regularly face. The Exhibitor Area offers those in attendance the opportunity to meet and find out more about companies and organisations who supply services within the autism community.

Laya healthcare Managing Director, Dónal Clancy, is once again delighted to be a part of this fantastic event, saying; “Shine is an organisation which we at laya healthcare are delighted to have an affiliation with. Each day they touch the lives of those they work with, as they help and support adults and children affected by Autism. Last year saw the first Laya Healthcare Autism Jigsaw Seminar which is just one way in which Shine reach out to those with ASD in their lives. I encourage everyone to attend this year’s seminar which I can promise will be beneficial and rewarding to all taking part.”

Tickets for the Laya Healthcare Autism Jigsaw Seminar, which include a light lunch, range in price from €15 for students to only €25 for an adult ticket. Group discounts are also available. For more information on the Laya Healthcare Autism Jigsaw Seminar; running order, speaker information and topics, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.autismjigsaw.com, or www.facebook.com/layahealthcare

Laya Healthcare launches new ‘Aspire’ scheme

Health insurance with Dublin in mind

Wednesday, 18th July: Laya healthcare today announced a new, unique scheme, developed specifically with Dublin-based consumers in mind. The new scheme provides the 5 star cover you do need, without having to pay for the cover you don’t! This new innovative scheme, Aspire, is part of laya healthcare’s consumer-centric focus on listening to its members and delivering the range of schemes they are looking for, at exceptional value. In other words this is part of laya heathcare’s commitment to looking after its members always.

Through listening to their members and, indeed, to the wider marketplace, laya healthcare learned that there is a significant requirement for access to private hospitals at a competitive price. Laya healthcare’s new scheme provides access to two of Dublin’s premium medical facilities, the Beacon Hospital and the Sports Surgery Clinic, as well as all public hospitals in Ireland.

Launched as part of a fantastic 3-2-1 introductory offer, consumers who sign up from now to September 20th, will get three months free (€645 per adult, €180 per child). If they sign up from September 21st to October 21st, they will get two months free (€717 per adult, €200 per child),and from October 22nd to November 21st consumers will get one month free (€788 per adult, €220 per child). This means five star private hospital treatment for members at an excellent price point.

Managing Director, Dónal Clancy talked about the launch of the new scheme: “From listening to both members and potential members, we know that access to private hospitals at a competitive price is an urgent requirement.The range of private hospitals in our capital city allows us to be innovative and to maximise value delivered to members living in this area. Aspire is a bespoke scheme and, through our link with the Beacon Hospital and the Sports Surgery Clinic, offers premium medical care at excellent value for our members. Put simply, it’s 5 star health insurance with Dublin in mind”.

Laya healthcare’s management team, led by Managing Director, Dónal Clancy, has extensive experience in the healthcare industry both in Ireland and internationally, and most of the senior team have been with the organisation since it originally launched as BUPA Ireland back in 1997.

Laya healthcare’s policies are underwritten by Elips Insurance Ltd. (trading as laya healthcare), a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Re. The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of 56 offices globally and is rated “AA” by Standard & Poor’s. Its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients.

The Aspire scheme is available for purchase to all consumers nationwide, satisfying the usual criteria.

Call laya healthcare now on 1890 700 890 to see how Aspire inspires you, or visit laya healthcare at www.layahealthcare.ie.

16 finalists from 8 countries to compete for the laya healthcare street performance world championship crown

Thursday June 7th

FESTIVAL IS LOOKING FOR EMERGING IRISH TALENT TO PERFORM ON ITS INAUGURAL BUSKER'S STAGE

July 14th and 15th | Fitzgerald Park, Cork City
July 19th - 22nd | Merrion Square, Dublin 2

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL OVER 2 WEEKENDS THIS JULY

The Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship will bring 16 of the most talented street artists in the world to Ireland this July to compete for the title of the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Champion. With an attendance of over 240,000 in 2011, Ireland's second largest free family festival comes to Fitzgerald Park, Cork on July 14th and 15th and Dublin's Merrion Square on July 19th – 22nd.

REPTILE TATTOOED SUPERSTAR OF SIDESHOW, LA CLIQUE'S MARIO QUEEN OF THE CIRCUS AND THE HUMAN CANNONBALL AMONG THIS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

With the Irish debut of professional freak and iconic international performer The Lizardman, former Cirque du Soleil acrobat Reuben DotDotDot, the return of Freddie Mercury fanatic Mario Queen of the Circus and a visit from England's The Human Cannonball this year’s festival promises to be the best yet. The reigning World Champion and only act ever to have claimed the title three times, Australian dardevil and 12 time world record holding sword-swallower The Space Cowboy returns as the special guest to this year's festival.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE TO BECOME THIS YEAR'S WORLD CHAMPION

Over both weekends, members of the public will vote for their favourite performers on site and the act with the most public votes in total will be crowned the 2012 Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Champion. Entry to the festival is entirely free of charge, with the talented performers, who have dedicated their lives to this amazing art form, asking for a contribution from their audience at the end of each show.

CALLING ALL BUDDING BUSKERS!

The festival is looking for approximately 25 up-and-coming busking acts to perform at the Busker's Stage on Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd in Dublin's Merrion Square. The Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship want to hear from musicians, dancers, comedians, circus and the 'so out-there that nobody's put a word on it yet' acts! To enter, solo or group acts are asked to email promotional material including a video of their performance to info@spwc.ie before June 29th. The winning acts will be chosen by Festival Producer Shell Holden and 2012 winner The Space Cowboy

UNFORGETTABLE HILARITY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY

In addition to the performances, laya healthcare will provide entertainment which the whole family can join in and enjoy with the Laya Healthcare Fun Zones. Small, big and even adult-sized kids can look forward to some serious ‘don’t look down’ adventure in The Wheeeeeeee (your pants) Zone with it's zip-line, climbing wall, trampoline and water walkers. Children can get their own back on their parents in Kid's Court, explore their imagination in the Playaground and chill out with Mum and Dad in the Layabout Area. Information on all these super fun-filled family activities can be found at www.spwc.ie.

THE LAYA HEALTHCARE STREET PERFORMANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LISTINGS:

CORK: Fitzgerald Park
Supported by Cork City Council and Fáilte Ireland
Saturday July 14 - Sunday July 15, 2012
12 – 8pm daily

DUBLIN: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Supported by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland
Thursday July 19 – Sunday July 22, 2012
12 – 8pm daily

FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING ACTS in alphabetical order:

2 ON 1
USA

www.rabbitrhythms.com and www.snapboogie.com

Ladies, prepare to swoon... men, prepare to take notes. This highly skilled duo are in a league of their own. Hip-Hoppin' straight out of the US of A with a trail of accolades to their names, this is 2on1's first trip to Ireland.

Putting the beat into Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit's one-man percussion orchestra teams up with ever-cool and ultimately-smooth b-boy Snap Boogie who's as quick on his feet as he is quick witted.This show isn't just good...it's freakin' awesome!

AJ JAMES
U.K

From London's Covent Garden, the birthplace of street performance. AJ James has emerged as a truly hardcore street entertainer. Unbelievably high skills and deadly stunts are tightly woven into a show with as much comic tension as a family of whales on a bungee crowd. A master of movement, professor of comic timing and guru of all things acrobtic, AJ's show is perfect for all the family.

CHARLIE CAPER
SWEDEN

www.catchmagic.com

Magic does not get any more surreal than this. If you ever looked at a magician and thought that all magic is just an illusion, think again because real magic does exist and Charlie is going to prove it.

Commonly regarded as one of the best street magicians alive on the planet Charlie will leave you jaw hanging and mind boogling for his full show.Having won Sweden's Got Talent, Charlie's show is not just original, its mind altering. Watch and be truly flabbergasted at what just one guy can do.

CIRQUE NO PROBLEM
HUNGARY

www.cirquenoproblem.com

All the family will fall head over heels in love with acrobatic duo! With characters and ambience inspired by the travelling circuses of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Cirque No Problem take the classical, infuse with the spectacle, add comedy and shake (not stir) it to create their own magical blend of AWESOME.
Experts in clowning, acrobatics, juggling and balancing, sometimes all at once! That might sound complicated but as Noa and Uri Weiss say themselves ‘It’s No Problem’!

DEADLY SERIOUS
AUSTRALIA

www.deadlyentertainment.com

Introducing the 'Godfather' of Street Performance. This kilt-wearing hero of the street really is a legend in the world of street entertainment.
Slack rope, fire and knife juggling, unicycling and pretty much any dangerous skill that you can think of, Deadly Serious is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Deadly shows, Deadly Stunts, Deadly humour, Deadly Funny. This guy is not just going to blow your socks off...he might even blow your whole kit off (which would be a pretty funny show in itself).

HAKUNA MATATA ACROBATS
IRELAND

www.hakunamatata.ie

Get ready to limbo, leap and laugh through this family show. High energy acrobatics at its absolute best. If you have ever seen a street show and thought that you could give that a go think again… because you can’t do this.

Crazy agility, skill and absurdly funny the Hakuna Matata Acrobats have toured the world and are now going to show Dublin and their home town of Cork what is means to be… well… more agile then every other person you know. A fantastic family show.

JONATHAN BURNS
USA

www.flexiblecomedy.com

This human pretzel will have you in knots of laughter!Jonathan Burns presents a high energy show that will have you reeling with laughter and twisting in your seat.
His incredible career has been anything but normal from when he first proudly announced to his parents that he was going to make a living from squeezing himself through a toilet seat.His knot-like contortions, geeky comedy and silly stunts will make you laugh so hard, you'll get abs.

KAMIKAZE FIREFLIES
USA

www.kamikazefireflies.com

Vivid imagination that will have you roaring with laughter! Straight from Hollywood, the Kamikaze Fireflies are a kooky fire breathing, cube spinning, whip cracking, and stilt walking duo that blend vaudeville with sketch comedy, and circus skills with stand up.
Embrace the absurd and join them as they try to catch lightening in a bottle and fulfil their mission to ‘Bring peace to the world at an affordable price’.

LISA LOTTIE
THE NETHERLANDS

www.lisalottie.com

The festival's very own 'Bend it like Barbie' Crazily agile, beautifully charming and unbelievably flexible, this pint-sized former National hide-and-go-seek winner will have you on the edge of your seat as she contorts her body and performs some of the most impressive hula hoop maneuvers you have ever seen!
To top it all off, she will attempt the most dangerous hula hoop trick in the world, seven foot in the air!This is one show that you will watch again and again and again.

MARIO QUEEN OF THE CIRCUS
USA

www.marioqueenofthecircus.com

This latin lothario's show absolutely should not be missed! Mario needs to share his love with you. His love of Queen and the late, great Freddie Mercury is so strong he's built a whole show around it.

Juggling, duelling and unicycling all in the name of this amazing band, Mario entertains and enthrals his audience with his passion and skill.Mario's universal sex appeal can only find release in the arena-rocking anthems of his favourite supergroup and with one of the most exciting finales in the world today, Mario's show should most certainly not be missed.

PIANO JUGGLER
USA

www.pianojuggler.com

Prepare to be wowed by the world's only 'Bounce Piano'. No matter if your musical ability stops short of playing the triangle or if you can conduct Beethoven’s 9th in your sleep, you will not want to miss the world famous Piano Juggler. Dan Menendez makes his triumphant return to the Street Performance and is ready to blow your musical mind!

King of the keyboard, jester of juggling this man has single-handedly pioneered a zany approach to entertainment that has turned music on its head. You have to see it to believe it; you really, really don’t want to miss this one.

REUBEN DOT DOT DOT
AUSTRALIA

www.reubendotdotdot.com
Keep your eyes peeled for his infamous chinese pole skills... a spectacle not to be missed!Reuben DotDotDot defies gravity and dodges death with his insane acrobatic stunts.

Traveling the long way round from down under, Reuben will woo you with his implausible acrobatic manoeuvres, wow you with incredible feats of balance and tickle you pink with one of the hottest bods of the street. Do you know what a revolving one handed hand stand 20 feet in the air looks like? Come see this unmissable show and find out!

SCOTT JACKSON
CANADA

www.scottjacksonbeatbox.com

One man, one mouth will have you breakin' it down

Scott Jackson lives in a world built by sounds. A door hinge's squeaky creek, a snare drum's darting snap, a helicopter's chopping blades; these are the intricacies he's made his craft.

Internationally renowned as a master of sound and ceremony, Scott Jackson is a beatboxer birthed by hip hop but who stretches the art form's appeal at every turn. Having represented Canada internationally and reaching the final of Canada's Got Talent this year, this beat boxin' beaut will blow you away!

THE LIZARDMAN
USA

www.thelizardman.com

Out of the murk and mystery, from the depths of natures no-man’s land comes world famous performer 'The Lizardman'.

Having sent over 700 hours getting tattooed with the estimated value close to $250,000, he has his tongue split to mimic that of a reptile's, subdermal implants above his eyes to form horned ridges and four of his teeth have been filed into sharp fangs.Delve into mystery as you witness firsthand the side show antics of this self proclaimed ‘professional freak’. Has mankind challenged powers behind the cosmic barrier? You decide.

THE HUMAN CANNONBALL
U.K

www.humancannon.co.uk

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO... it’s the Human Cannonball!

Street performance superhero, magician Gary 'Cannonball' Stocker proudly debuts his brand spanking new show which quite literally defies physics.With only a deck of jumbo playing cards and his trusty cannon, be one of the first in the world to spy this crazy daredevil as he takes flight into unchartered territory! Be warned, nothing is what it seems. The world’s most dangerouscard trick? Indeed!

THE SPACE COWBOY
AUSTRALIA

www.thespacecowboy.com.au

The Space Cowboy is on the ultimate Street Performer diet. He ingests glass neon tubes powered by 2000 volts of electricity for starters, hammers 6 inch nails directly into this face for his main course and washes it all down with his chainsaw juggling finale. Exercise is key, regularly breaking out a sweat by dragging hefty weights with nothing but fish hooks in his eye sockets. To finish the day, this Australian world record breaker swears by a good night sleep...on a bed of nails that is.

New scanning facility open to Laya Healthcare members

New scanning facility open to Laya Healthcare members

June 7th, 2012. Laya healthcare today confirmed that it has reached agreement with Alliance Medical, who operate the PET/CT Scanner at Cork’s University Hospital, to provide access to members requiring the use of services at the facility on an out-patient basis.

The new scanner has been operational at CUH since May 18th and has been available across all laya healthcare schemes since June 1st.

PET is a powerful diagnostic tool that is advancing clinicians understanding of the underlying causes of disease and improving the way in which many diseases are detected and treated. It provides physicians with superior information for determining tissue characterisations and classifications, staging of cancers, restaging of cancers, patient prognosis and monitoring the effectiveness of cancer therapies.

Brenda Ryan, Director of Claims and Provider Relations, laya healthcare, welcomed today’s announcement: “We are delighted that from June 1st all our members will be able to avail of cutting edge diagnostic treatment at Cork University Hospital, greatly minimising the need for cancer patients to travel for PET scans. The new PET scanner will be used in the rapid detection of cancers, facilitating the best possible outcome for patients and their families”.

Laya healthcare continually strives to provide the best possible medical outcomes and value for its members. As the newest name in the private health insurance market, laya healthcare currently provides access to PET/CT scanning throughout the country in Galway, Dublin, Waterford and now in Cork.

About laya healthcare

As the newest name in the Irish private health insurance market, laya healthcare’s brand promise - ‘Looking After You Always’ - represents the company’s member-centric approach which is fundamental to its vision and values.

Laya healthcare works hard to offer the best possible benefits and value to its members and has recently launched two new and exciting initiatives. Laya healthcare’s ‘HeartBeat’, the company’s new cardiac screening initiative, allows all laya healthcare members, from 12 years upwards, to avail of free preventative cardiac screening.

In addition, the company’s 3-2-1 product offer on its ‘Health Smart’ and ‘Health Smart Family’ schemes means that consumers who switch to either scheme right away get three months free; if they switch in July, they will get two months free and if they switch in August, they will get one month free!

* Please note, in order to ensure they meet the criteria, any member scheduled to undergo a PET/CT scan at CUH should contact laya healthcare on 1890 700 890.

Laya Healthcare marks launch by announcing 100 new Jobs...14/05/2012

14th May 2012

 

Laya Healthcare Marks Launch by Announcing
100 New Jobs
New Products Launched – HeartBeat Cardiac Screening for Members and a 3-2-1 Offer on Two New Schemes

 

Laya healthcare, the new name in Irish private health insurance, today marks its official launch by announcing 100 new jobs over the next three years. Today’s job announcement marks a hugely positive period for laya healthcare.

 

Laya healthcare’s brand promise - ‘Looking After You Always’ - represents the company’s member centric approach which is fundamental to its vision and values. The company currently employs 343 people at its headquarters in Cork.

 

Laya healthcare’s ‘HeartBeat’, the company’s new cardiac screening initiative, will also be launched today. This will allow all laya healthcare members, from 12 years upwards, to avail of preventative cardiac screening. In addition, the company’s 3-2-1 product offer on its ‘Health Smart’ and ‘Health Smart Family’ schemes is also being launched today. Available to consumers from May 21st, the 3-2-1 offer allows people who switch to either scheme right away to get three months free; if they switch in July, they will get two months free and if they switch in August, they will get one month free!

 

Speaking passionately about his vision for the new company at the official launch in Dublin, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director said: “This is a hugely exciting day for the private health insurance market and for all the team at laya healthcare. From today, laya healthcare will position itself as the key consumer champion in the private health insurance market. All of us involved in the sector recognise that there are significant issues and problems which need to be resolved. For our part we, at laya healthcare, will do everything possible to ensure that our members have a strong voice from within the industry to champion their cause and to add positively to the national healthcare debate. Our new company philosophy is totally focused on securing the best possible outcome for our members”.

 

In conclusion, Mr. Clancy said: “I am making a solemn promise to our members today that we will work relentlessly on their behalf to deliver the very best value available in the private health insurance market by constantly challenging ourselves and our suppliers to ensure we are looking after our members needs, always”.

 

Laya healthcare’s new HeartBeat initiative, which will be delivered in conjunction with provider HeartAid, is the company’s free cardiac screening for members and was developed specifically to help combat the incidence of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, heart attacks and other cardiac related conditions. Heart conditions including sudden adult death syndrome are a major cause of deaths in Ireland each year. Up to 2 young people die each week in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). The European Society of Cardiology &International Olympic Committee recommend cardiac screening, as does the GAA’s Medical Scientific & Advisory committee. HeartBeat will allow new and existing laya healthcare members to avail of this excellent benefit to help early detection and prevention of conditions that may causeSudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

 

Laya healthcare’s management team, led by Managing Director, Dónal Clancy, has extensive experience in the healthcare industry both in Ireland and internationally, and most of the senior team have been with the organsation since it originally launched as BUPA Ireland back in 1997.

 

Laya healthcare’s policies are underwritten by Elips Insurance Ltd. (trading as laya healthcare), a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Re. The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of 56 offices globally and is rated “AA” by Standard & Poor’s. Its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients.

 

 

Dónal Clancy, QUINN-healthcare's Managing Director, confirms QUINN-healthcare is rebranding to Laya Healthcare.

1st May 2012

 

Dónal Clancy, QUINN-healthcare's Managing Director, confirms QUINN-healthcare is rebranding to Laya Healthcare.

 

QUINN-healthcare, Ireland’s leading private health insurance provider has confirmed that it will be rebranding to Laya healthcare.

The new name is derived from the company’s promise to its members – Looking After You Always. The company is currently in the process of transitioning to the new brand which is a very exciting time for all the team and its more than 450,000 members.

There will be no operational impact on members during the transition period, it’s very much business as usual. QUINN-healthcare continues to sell and renew policies and pay member claims in the normal way.

Commenting on this exciting change, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director, said: “As from today, May 1st, our new underwriter is Elips Insurance Limited, a wholly owned subsidary of SwissRe. We are having a formal launch on Monday, May 14th where we’re really looking forward to announcing new innovative initiatives and value to the market. I will be contacting our members over the coming weeks to share these developments with them”.

Further details will be announced at the launch on Monday, May 14th.

1st May 2012

 

QUINN-healthcare, Ireland’s leading private health insurance provider has confirmed that it will be rebranding to Laya healthcare.

The new name is derived from the company’s promise to its members – Looking After You Always. The company is currently in the process of transitioning to the new brand which is a very exciting time for all the team and its more than 450,000 members.

There will be no operational impact on members during the transition period, it’s very much business as usual. QUINN-healthcare continues to sell and renew policies and pay member claims in the normal way.

Commenting on this exciting change, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director, said: “As from today, May 1st, our new underwriter is Elips Insurance Limited, a wholly owned subsidary of SwissRe. We are having a formal launch on Monday, May 14th where we’re really looking forward to announcing new innovative initiatives and value to the market. I will be contacting our members over the coming weeks to share these developments with them”.

Further details will be announced at the launch on Monday, May 14th.