A word of caution

Before we get into this article, we must point out that the averages we have provided are based on several assumptions. The cost of your family's policy will be different. The best and quickest way to find out what it would cost for your family is to request a comparison quote.

How much does health insurance cost for individuals?

If you are interested in knowing the average cost of health insurance for individuals, read this recently completed guide where we obtained over 700 quotes from the leading health insurance companies.

Family health insurance uk price guide
Having children on your health insurance doesn't affect premiums as much as the adults' ages.

What affects the cost of family health insurance?

Private medical insurance is one of the more complicated types of cover you can take out in the UK. Most plans are incredibly configurable, and we as individuals are very different from each other. Add into the mix more people, i.e. a family of 3, 4, 5 or more. You've got an enormous number of variables that will affect the cost of your policy.

All of the following factors will affect the cost of your family's private health insurance:

  • The number of people on the policy
  • The age of the family members
  • Where you live in the UK
  • The medical history of the family
  • Whether the parents are smokers
  • The current cost of private medical treatments and private medical care
  • The hospital list selected
  • The excess on the policy
  • How the policy is underwritten (moratorium or full medical underwriting)
  • The level of cover chosen (inpatient, some outpatient, full outpatient)
  • Any optional extras (physiotherapy, dental cover, travel cover)

Physiotherapy and other therapies

Many people that speak to us and take out health insurance policies are keen to have physiotherapy and, in some cases, other complementary therapies included in their policies. While some health insurers will cover these as standard, not all will. So if you lead an active lifestyle and having the ability to see a physiotherapist in the event of injury is essential to you, be sure to check that it's included. As with all options and parts of your health insurance, talking with a broker will help to ensure you have the cover you need.

Family Health Insurance Cost (UK)

To give you a rough estimate of the cost of family health insurance, we will need to do several things. Firstly, we'll break things down by family size - providing health insurance pricing for families of 3, 4 and 5 people. 

A comprehensive policy including £500 outpatient cover

With many factors affecting the cost of private health insurance policies, we need to make some decisions on behalf of the hypothetical families to make meaningful comparisons. To minimise the impact of where you live on the prices, we'll request quotes based on ten locations around the UK and then average the results. The quotes will all be based on moratorium underwriting, effectively excluding any conditions you've suffered from in the past five years.

"Did you know that with moratorium underwriting, if you don't suffer any symptoms relating to an excluded pre-existing condition for two years after taking out a policy, it will become covered under your policy?"

Other private medical insurance variables

We need to be consistent with all of our private healthcare quotes so that they will be based on the following:

  • The figures we provide will be based on an average of quotes received for the families living in the following cities; Southampton, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, and Edinburgh.
  • We will get pricing from the five leading providers, BupaAxa PPPVitalityAviva, and WPA.
  • We will always choose the lowest price from these leading providers.
  • The policies will be underwritten on a moratorium basis, meaning we won't need to disclose the applicants' medical history.
  • The excess on the policy will be set at £200 or as close to that as possible.
  • The policy will include £500 of outpatient cover per insured person.
  • No additional options, such as dental or optical cover, will be added.
  • The quotes were obtained directly from the providers on 26th June 2022.
  • The children on the policy are younger than 15 years of age.
  • We will provide pricing based on both parents being 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years old.
  • The policy we opt for will be comprehensive and provide inpatient, outpatient and outpatient cover. (please note, what is and isn't included will differ from provider to provider).

"I recently got a family health insurance policy through myTribe and the service was excellent from start to finish. The adviser that I spoke to was very patient and took time to explain all of the intricacies to me so that I felt confident and informed when making a decision. The fact that they compare the market for you makes the process really quick and easy and I think I came away with not only the best policy for me but a much better understanding of how private health insurance works."

by Chris Stratton - 12th May 2022
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Average cost of private health insurance for a family of 3

The below quotes show the average cost of health insurance for a family of 3 in the UK in 2022.

The Cost Of Health Insurance for a Family of 3 (UK)
Parents' Ages Child's Age Monthly Premium
20-years-old Under 15 £85.65
30-years-old
Under 15
£111.35
40-years-old
Under 15
£126.59
50-years-old
Under 15 £166.49
60-years-old
Under 15
£241.85

As you can see, the cost of health insurance for a family of three rises substantially based on the adults' ages. As we'll show in the following sections, adding children more children to a policy doesn't have such an impact.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken to make these averages representative, the private health insurance prices provided are purely examples; the cost of your policy will be different. Please request a comparison quote to find out what a policy would cost for your family.

Average cost of private health insurance for a family of 4

The table below shows the average cost of health insurance for a family of 4 in the UK in 2022.

The Cost Of Health Insurance for a Family of 4 (UK)
Parents' Ages Children's Ages Monthly Premium
20-years-old Under 15 £94.77
30-years-old
Under 15
£118.39
40-years-old
Under 15
£139.37
50-years-old
Under 15 £178.16
60-years-old
Under 15
£251.07

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken to make these averages representative, the private health insurance prices provided are purely examples; the cost of your policy will be different. Please request a comparison quote to find out what a policy would cost for your family.

Average cost of private health insurance for a family of 5

The table below shows the average cost of health insurance for a family of 5 in the UK in 2022.  

The Cost Of Health Insurance for a Family of 5 (UK)
Parents' Ages Children's Ages Monthly Premium
20-years-old Under 15 £117.39
30-years-old
Under 15
£144.33
40-years-old
Under 15
£172.37
50-years-old
Under 15 £215.51
60-years-old
Under 15
£295.79

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken to make these averages representative, the private health insurance prices provided are purely examples; the cost of your policy will be different. Please request a comparison quote to find out what a policy would cost for your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average cost of family health insurance?

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The average cost of a family health insurance policy in the UK is £139.37 per month, based on two adults in their 40s and two children under 15. However, what you pay will be different as many factors affect the cost of health insurance. Please request a comparison quote to find out how much a health insurance policy would cost for your family.

Which family health insurance is best?

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The following providers and policies have five-star Defaqto ratings; Aviva Healthier Solutions; Axa Personal Health, Bupa By Your Comprehensive; Vitality Personal Healthcare; The Exeter Health+. WPA Premier and Elite. Which is best for your family will be down to preference and price, and you should always compare policies before deciding.

How do I choose family health insurance?

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The easiest way to choose the right policy for your family is by speaking to an independent health insurance broker. You don't pay for the service they provide, and they will help you navigate the often complex world of private medical insurance.

What affects the cost of a family health insurance policy?

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Several factors will affect your family's health insurance; some you will have control over, others you won't. Typically the things which affect the price most dramatically are the age of the adults on the policy, where you live, how many children are included, and the level of cover required.

Will my family's health insurance increase in cost each year?

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In most cases, barring any provider promotions, you can expect your policy to increase in cost as you age and to factor in increases in the cost of accessing private healthcare. With this in mind, it's always sensible to have your health insurance broker review your policy each year to make sure you're still getting the best deal. With many of the best providers having highly rated products, you can often switch without losing significant benefits.

How can I get a quote for family health insurance?

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You can get a comparison quote by visiting our website and clicking on the request a quote button. An independent, FCA approved adviser will then compare policies on your behalf and get in touch to talk you through the options.

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