Health portal MediQuote now offers Norwich Union's (NU) guaranteed individual rates online.

The comparative private medical insurance (PMI) portal, managed by Sirius Financial Systems was launched last year and currently has 1,300 registered users.

Managing director of Sirius' Insurance Division Mike Dodd said NU's presence on the portal would enhance the appeal of the system. "Intermediaries will now have easier and quicker access to Norwich Union's information, all available on one system," he said.

NU head of business development for healthcare Carolyn Derrington said that the use of technology in the health insurance sector to gather information is growing.

"Having our products easily available via MediQuote should make access to Norwich Union's information even simpler, and we are pleased to be working with MediQuote in this development," she said.

This follows Sirius' announcement of 18% growth in revenues in the first six months of 2002. The company cites MediQuote's growth as an important factor in its development.

"The appointment of a business development director for MediQuote has given impetus to our strategy to grow and expand it into a complete health insurance portal with new providers and products coming on-board," a spokesman said.