Health and protection insurance specialist, The Exeter, has seen a significant increase in registrations and usage of its HealthWise services since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Built alongside leading digital healthcare provider SquareHealth, the app provides a unique package of high value benefits based on the typical profile of its members to help them positively manage a healthy lifestyle.
In March 2020, the mutual insurer saw a 169% increase in monthly registrations of its HealthWise app and a 527% increase in usage of its remote GP services, compared to the same month last year.
Of those using remote GP services, nearly a quarter (24%) reported having COVID-19 symptoms, highlighting the important role these services can play in providing support to members and helping to alleviate pressure on the NHS during the crisis. In addition, the insurer has seen an increase in members calling due to anxiety and depression.
Steve Bryan, Director of Distribution & Marketing at The Exeter, said:
“We are undoubtedly facing extraordinary and unusual times and at The Exeter we understand the worry and uncertainty so many of our members are feeling. Our members are and will always be at the heart of what we do, so it’s encouraging that the services we are able to offer through our HealthWise app are providing the support and advice they need at difficult times like these.
“We can all agree our NHS is something to be protected, and through our HealthWise services we are aiming to help ease some of the pressure on these front-line workers through the provision of remote GP services and helping members to positively manage their physical and mental health during this challenging period.”
The Exeter’s HealthWise app gives members access to other core benefits in addition to on-demand GP services, such as second medical opinion services and physiotherapy, along with nutritional and lifestyle coaching modules. The app also includes mental health support, providing members with personalised support and guidance during the COVID-19 crisis.
Steve Casey, Marketing Director at SquareHealth said:
“For many, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has been a physically and emotionally challenging period. At a time where visiting local GPs, physiotherapists and nutritional experts is not possible, technology is playing a vital role in supporting policyholders through unusual circumstances. HealthWise allows medical professionals to continue to provide expert diagnosis and advice to members in the comfort of their own home and help them manage their physical and mental health conditions in a simple and quick way.”
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About The Exeter
The Exeter is one of the UK’s leading healthcare and protection insurers. The Exeter is a mutual friendly society, which means it is owned by members and run for their benefit, rather than shareholders. The Exeter, formerly known as the Exeter Friendly Society and Pioneer Friendly Society has been specialising in healthcare and protection for over a century. In 2017, The Exeter launched an innovative new life product called Managed Life for people with one of two health conditions, type 2 diabetes or a high Body Mass Index (BMI).
The Exeter is a trading name of Exeter Friendly Society Limited, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Register number 205309) and is incorporated under the Friendly Societies Act 1992 Register No. 91F with its registered office at Lakeside House, Emperor Way, Exeter, England EX1 3FD.