Laya Healthcare, the Irish private health insurer that took over from Quinn Health, launched today with the announcement of the creation of 100 new jobs.
The company currently employs 343 people at its headquarters in Cork.
Donal Clancy, Managing Director said that this is a hugely exciting day for the private health insurance market and for all the team at Laya healthcare.
"From today, laya healthcare will position itself as the key consumer champion in the private health insurance market. All of us involved in the sector recognise that there are significant issues and problems which need to be resolved. For our part we, at laya healthcare, will do everything possible to ensure that our members have a strong voice from within the industry to champion their cause and to add positively to the national healthcare debate. Our new company philosophy is totally focused on securing the best possible outcome for our members".
Laya healthcare's new HeartBeat initiative, which will be delivered in conjunction with provider HeartAid, is the company's free cardiac screening for members and was developed specifically to help combat the incidence of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, heart attacks and other cardiac related conditions. Heart conditions including sudden adult death syndrome are a major cause of deaths in Ireland each year. Up to 2 young people die each week in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). The European Society of Cardiology & International Olympic Committee recommend cardiac screening, as does the GAA's Medical Scientific & Advisory committee. HeartBeat will allow new and existing laya healthcare members to avail of this excellent benefit to help early detection and prevention of conditions that may cause Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
Laya healthcare's policies are underwritten by Elips Insurance Ltd. (trading as laya healthcare), a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Re. The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer.