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In the 1800s health care provision was scarce with no NHS and very little government aid. This led the Victorian social reformer, the Twelfth Earl of Meath, to establish The Hospital Saturday Fund in 1873, so-named because Saturday was the traditional pay-day when people were more likely to have a few pennies to save for their health care.

Every Saturday, workers put aside small amounts of money to contribute towards the upkeep of their local hospitals – there was to be no National Health Service until 1948.This was the beginning of the concept of taking some responsibility for elements of personal health care which, even when the NHS came into being, were not able to be offered completely free of charge.

Our aims

HSF health plan has always had two primary purposes:

Provide the largest possible number of generous health benefits in a variety of low cost health cash plan schemes, covering whole families.

Continue to uphold the aims and ideals of HSF health plan’s founders and share its surplus by donating money to medical charities, hospitals, hospices and to some individuals whose ill health or disability has caused difficulties or who may need a piece of medical equipment to make life more comfortable.

Charitable status

Early in 2007, The Hospital Saturday Fund changed its name to HSF health plan, whilst keeping the original name for its newly created parent company.

In 2008, the Hospital Saturday Fund applied for, and was made, a registered charity, with HSF health plan as its trading subsidiary. In this way, HSF health plan is able to donate more surplus monies, via Gift Aid, to the Hospital Saturday Fund who makes generous charitable donations across the UK and Ireland.

Click here to visit our Hospital Saturday Fund Charity site.