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

The benefit allows members to claim 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 in March, 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 the year, will now be available until the 31 of March 2021.

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The news reaffirms The Exeter’s commitment to its members through its award-winning health insurance plan, Health+. Extra support for members has been provided throughout the uncertainty of the crisis, including unlimited out-patient diagnostics and a new Clinical Support Centre providing comprehensive access to telephone, video or online consultations.

Karen Woodley, head of sales at The Exeter, said: “The crisis is far from over so it’s only right that we continue to review our offerings and pledge extra support wherever possible.

“Our members are at the heart of everything we do and we’re committed to providing the support needed to make their lives that little bit easier in the most uncertain of times.”