Our history

Simplyhealth has been helping people stay healthy since 1872.

Reflecting on 70 years of the NHS

Black and white photograph of nurse standing alongside a mobile health service van depicting 70 years of the NHS

As the NHS turns 70 this year, we’re reflecting on our own history, and looking back at how we and our products have evolved and grown alongside the NHS.


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.

Focussing on managing everyday health

Adult female a teenage girl performing yoga moves representing Simplyhealth's focus on supporting the UK's everyday health

Our number one aim is to help people make the most of life through better everyday health. By giving you the peace of mind that you can get back the money you spend on health treatments, you have the freedom to take care of those niggling everyday health concerns before they become serious. What's more, doing so supports the NHS so that they can focus on more complex treatments.



Supporting health through charitable giving

Father and disabled son in swimming pool with poolside charity support worker to show Simplyhealth's dedication to supporting the health of people in the UK through charitable giving

At Simplyhealth, our number one aim is to help people make the most of life through better everyday health. It's been built into our business strategy from the outset, and we care about the positive impact of our work rather than flaunting the numbers.

Our timeline


Manchester & Salford Hospital Saturday Fund (MSHSF)  and Leeds Hospital Fund (LHF) founded


Hospital Savings Association (HSA) founded


Bristol Contributory Welfare Association (BCWA) founded


Launch of the National Health Service (NHS)


Medisure founded



MSHSF and Healthcare Insurance Alliance merge to form HealthSure Group Ltd

Feb 2002

LHF joins forces with HSA to begin creation of the Group

Feb 2005

BCWA joins the Group

Dec 2006

Totally Active joins the Group

Oct 2008

Simplyhealth launches a retail store for mobility products and living aids

Sep 2009

HSA, BCWA, LHF and Healthsure come together as one Simplyhealth

Dec 2011

Denplan joins Simplyhealth Group

Apr 2012

Simplyhealth completes purchase of the healthcare arm of Groupama Insurances

Jan 2013

Simplyhealth acquires Nightingale Medical

Apr 2014

Simplyhealth acquires Practice Plan for Vets

Aug 2015

Simplyhealth completes sale of its private medical insurance business to AXA PPP to focus on helping customers with their everyday health

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