Cashback scheme is of mutual benefit

TWO of Yorkshire's leading mutuals have unveiled a new partnership which will see the further development of a health cash plan product offering cash back for a range of healthcare treatments.

The York-based Benenden Healthcare Society has been offering its Health Cash Plan to its members for some time.

However, the new link with Harrogate-based Engage Mutal allows for significant expansion of the options available for patients aged between 17 and 65 undergoing optical or dental treatments, some complementary therapies or seeking grants for the birth or adoption of a child, for overnight stays in hospitals, day surgeries or worldwide personal accident cover.

"Mutual organisations have a major role to play in the provision of public services," said marketing and business strategy director at Benenden Healthcare, Marc Bell. "This link between our two organisations will be of great benefit to the network of mutuals and strengthen our mutual ethos."

Engage Mutual chief executive, Andrew Haigh, added: "We are delighted that we will be working in partnership with Benenden Healthcare and helping to push the mutual agenda to the fore.

"Now, more than ever, people want to do buisiness with organisations that understand their issues and put the customer first - which is what being a mutiual is all about."

Engage Mutual is a long-term suppoter of Harrogate's Saint Michael's Hospice and works to improve levels of financial capability among young people while Benenden Healthcare is active in the York Community Pride Awards and the Copmanthorpe Carnival.

Under the new partnership, Engage Mutual will become the provider of the Benenden Health Cash Plan, which already covers 30,000 lives.

Philip Lunn

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