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


Manchester and Salford Hospital Saturday Fund logo


Manchester & Salford Hospital Saturday Fund (MSHSF) founded

Leeds Hospital Fund (LHF) founded


The Hospital Saving Association logo

Hospital Savings Association (HSA) founded


Launch of the National Health Service (NHS)


Denplan logo

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


MSHSF and Healthcare Insurance Alliance merge to form HealthSure Group Ltd


Mouth Cancer Action Month logo

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


LHF joins forces with HSA to begin creation of the Group

Simplyhealth logo


HSA, LHF and HealthSure come together as one Simplyhealth


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

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

July 2022

Certified B Corporation

Simplyhealth became the UK’s first B Corp Health Insurer

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