Health and protection insurer The Exeter has extended its enhanced cash benefit for PMI (Private Medical Insurance) members.

The benefit allows members to claim back up to £500 per night for any period spent in hospital during the lockdown period where they are treated without charge, regardless of whether that is in an NHS or private setting.

Following the nationwide lockdown, and the Prime Minister’s call to requisition private hospitals to support the NHS, the insurer introduced the enhanced cash benefit on a temporary ex-gratia basis.

The cash benefit, which was due to cease at the end of August will now be available until 31 October.

Karen Woodley, head of sales at The Exeter, said: “We’ve been consistently reviewing offerings available and pledged extra support wherever possible, whether it be through extending enhanced cash benefits, helping those members who are struggling to pay their premiums or giving members access to comprehensive telephone and video support services.”