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In this review: We look at the benefits of an Exeter plan, the level of cover and whether they are competitive compared to the whole market

About Exeter Health

The Exeter Friendly Society is a Mutual Society. It has its HQ in Exeter, England. It has no shareholders and does not list on the stock exchange as a PLC.

That means it is owned by its members and does not, as such, operate to make a profit for third parties.

The Exeter was founded in 2008 when two friendly societies, The Exeter Friendly Society and Pioneer Friendly Society, merged to become one. Going back through the lineage of those original founding members, the society has a long history with its origins in the 1880s.

It is fully regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

How much does Exeter health insurance cost?

Company Monthly Premium Excess Get a quote
WPA £56.79 £250 Compare
Aviva (6 week NHS option) £66.21 £200 Compare
General Medical £76.19 £0 Compare
Vitality £52.54 £250 Compare
AXA £83.31 £250 Compare
Freedom £41.27 £250 Compare
Bupa £70.06 £250 Compare
National Friendly £74.36 £250 Compare
The Exeter £77.81 £250 Compare
Health-on-line (6 week NHS option) £83.31 £250 Compare

Based on male non smoker aged 50 yrs of age - no health questions answered. This is for comparison purposes only & you should obtain a personal health quotation as policies do vary. Correct as at 25/2/22

Types of health insurance available

If you are looking for a health insurance quote, then the Exeter offers two main healthcare related product lines:

Private health insurance

The Exeter’s Private Health Insurance covers three main products:

  • Health Cover for Me
  • Health Choices for Me
  • Health Essentials for Me

All come with The Exeter’s guarantee that there is no limit on payments and no penalties will be suffered for making a claim - details of these plans can be found below.

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The Exeter Cash Plan could help you manage those unexpected costs, such as;

  • dental costs
  • opticians
  • some complementary therapies
  • personal accident cover

As this is not in itself, a full health insurance please visit The Exeter Healthcare website.

What's covered in The Exeter’s health insurance

As with most policies of this type, the cover exists to help with conditions that arise after you have taken out a policy.  Although there are typically no medicals required in advance, there is a medical declaration to complete.

As is the case with all health insurance, there are special provisions and exclusions typically relating to pre-existing medical conditions and these would be discussed with you on a case-by-case basis.

The Health Cover me plan includes:

  • Unlimited in-patient, day-patient and out-patient treatment
  • Health Cover for Me offers comprehensive cover that doesn’t limit in-patient, day-patient or out-patient treatment.
  • Unlimited cover for cancer – including access to all clinically approved drugs
  • Unlimited cancer cover includes pioneering treatments such as biological and hormone therapy.
  • No time or financial limits for treatment or consultations
  • No penalties for making a claim
  • Manipulative treatment

Health Cover for Me includes costs of physiotherapy, osteopathy, podiatry and chiropractic treatment as an out-patient.

The Health Choices for me plan

Personalise your Health Choices for Me plan by choosing options from 3 cover modules below:


  • Unlimited Consultant and specialist fees. Diagnostic tests such as X-rays, ECGs and pathology tests at any hospital on the Hospital List. Please note that CT, MRI and PET scans are included as standard under Essential Cover. No benefit for diagnosed cancer conditions as these are included in the optional Cancer Cover module below.

Cancer Cover

  • Unlimited. Extends the scope of benefits under Essentials Cover (such as surgery and scans) to include treatment for diagnosed cancer and adds unlimited benefit for oncology and specialist consultations for cancer.

Manipulative Treatment

  • Unlimited
  • Costs for physiotherapy, osteopathy, podiatry and chiropractic treatment received as an out-patient.

The Essentials for me plan - options to reduce your premiums

This essentially provides customisable cover as outlined in the above option but it allows you to reduce your costs by you paying for diagnostic consultations with health professionals while the policy will pay for subsequent treatments.

Please note, as with all health insurance quotes, the above benefits are subject to conditions and requirements.

You may also be able to vary them based upon your own personal requirements (e.g. for specific hospitals) and that may affect the cost of your cover.

Plan exclusions

As with all plans there some exclusions depending on your lifestyle and medical history; our health insurance adviser will advise you if any apply to you.

Existing medical conditions maybe excluded

Pre-existing conditions - depending on the application option you choose, pre-existing conditions will either be excluded from cover for the duration of your policy or for the ‘moratorium’ period of your policy.

Unlike most insurers, The Exeter offers a fixed length moratorium. Which means that benefits will not be available for treatment of any condition suffered if you had symptoms, medication, treatment or advice in connection with that condition in the five years before the start of your policy.

However, they will cover a pre-existing condition two years after the start of your policy, even if it has recurred during that two year period.

Please note: If you apply using Fixed Moratorium, your premiums will be higher. All applicants must be 65 years or younger.

Can I switch my exiting health insurance to The Exeter?

Yes you can using either of the following 2 options:

Continued Moratorium: This lets you continue with your existing medical insurance plan's moratorium period should you still be in it - if you have exceeded this period then you will receive immediate cover of benefits.

Continued personal medical exclusions: this option allows you to switch health insurer but exclude any existing medical exclusions - you will need to provide evidence to The Exeter.

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Some key benefits of The Exeter health insurance plan

  • Very simple options
  • No penalties for making claims
  • Unlimited cover in cost terms (subject to certain definitions)
  • Easy to understand and simple inclusions/exclusions
  • The Exeter also offers a number of membership benefits, such as:
  • Exeter Assist  - offering confidential support and guidance on a wide range of issues, from relationship concerns to worries about debt.
  • GP Helpline  - a phone and webcam service providing information and advice about your health concerns or those of your family.
  • Private prescription service  - a follow-up to the GP Helpline, providing a hassle-free way of receiving medication, without a trip to an NHS doctor.

How to get an Exeter health insurance quote

You can go direct to The Exeter or you can use our comparison service through our partner First Health Choice & Protection, who will look at the whole of market for you offering the same plans at the same price, but ensuring that you get advice on all providers plans that suit your circumstances and budget.

You could start by comparing health insurance quotes and then ask for a call back to discuss your options and how they can keep the price as low as possible for you.

Or you can take a look at other private health insurance reviews to compare before getting quotes.

Our advice

Whilst The Exeter offer some good options, as with any company their competiveness will depend on your age and individual circumstances; our advice is to always compare the market and speak to an adviser who will find the best deal to suit you.

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Updated 2nd April 2020 by Ashley Shepherd

Ashley is the founder and managing director at Over50choices. With over 30 years’ experience in financial services, he has held senior roles in building societies, banks and insurance companies.

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