Our history

We've been around since 1872. That's 150 years’ experience in helping people access affordable healthcare. 

Looking back


Our longevity shows strength, commitment to our Purpose and our ability to evolve. As we prepare to celebrate our sesquicentennial anniversary, we’re reflecting on how we and our products have developed and grown. From simple savings funds to digital healthcare propositions (such as a video GP in your pocket).

The arrival of the NHS in 1948 changed the way people accessed healthcare, meaning that the savings funds that would eventually go on to become Simplyhealth had to change and adapt, providing services that complemented the NHS. The healthcare landscape is everchanging, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to our Purpose; improving the UK's access to healthcare

Hospital Saving Association

So while you’re looking back through our history, we’re looking forward to the next 150 years and beyond!

Our heritage

1872

Manchester and Salford Hospital Saturday Fund logo

 

Manchester & Salford Hospital Saturday Fund (MSHSF) founded

Leeds Hospital Fund (LHF) founded

1922

The Hospital Saving Association logo


Hospital Savings Association (HSA) founded

1948

Launch of the National Health Service (NHS)

1986

Denplan logo


Denplan founded by two dentists, creating the first dental payment plans

1999

MSHSF and Healthcare Insurance Alliance merge to form HealthSure Group Ltd

2000

Mouth Cancer Action Month logo


Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, first become lead sponsor of Mouth Cancer Action Month

2002

LHF joins forces with HSA to begin creation of the Group

Simplyhealth logo

2009

HSA, LHF and HealthSure come together as one Simplyhealth

2011

Denplan joins Simplyhealth Group

August 2019

England Rugby trusted healthcare partner logo

Simplyhealth becomes England Rugby's new trusted healthcare partner 

November 2019

SimplyPlan app logo

Our SimplyPlan app is launched

February 2020

Nuffield Health logo

New partnership with Nuffield Health (Physio services) is announced

April 2020

Launched Coronavirus support package, including £2m investment in PPE for Denplan dentists

May 2020

Carbon Neutral Organisation logo



Simplyhealth becomes a carbon neutral business

May 2020

Square Health logo

Simplyhealth launches 24/7 video GP Service with Square Health via the SimplyConsult app 

June 2020

Simplyhealth achieves FSC® Certification

October 2020

Sported logo

Simplyhealth announce charity partnership with Sported, donating more than £140,000 to support their charitable work 

July 2021

Mental Health Foundation logo

Simplyhealth begin charity partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, donating over £100,000 to help the mental health charity’s work

September 2021

Dentaid logo

Denplan launch charity partnership with Dentaid to support 25 ‘outreach clinics’

March 2022

Lady Garden logo

Simplyhealth launch charity partnership with the Lady Garden Foundation to help raise awareness of gynaecological cancers


How we help our customers with their everyday health