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BUPACare changes effective 1st July 2013

Posted by paulswanson on April 25, 2013

In order to provide greater value to BupaCare members in the London Thames region BUPA are introducing a number of new options to ensure members have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.

The new options are;

1. introducing the ‘Prime' and ‘Prime with Key London Networks'

In addition to Bupa's existing hospital networks, Prime and Prime with Key London' have been introduced to offer even greater flexibility of choice for members' whilst also enabling members to tailor their cover around their priorities and budget.

2. Introducing Open Referral

Open Referral is a service which helps members chose the right consultant for their clinical needs at the right hospital with the right facilities.

There are over 20,000 Bupa recognised consultants available under Open Referral. More than 11,000 of these consultants are fee assured which means they will not charge any additional surgical or anesthetist fees for day-case or in-patient treatment and gives members greater flexibility and peace of mind.

All Bupa recognised consultants, including those available through Bupa's Open Referral process, have at least seven years' experience in their medical speciality and are experts in their field. In fact, the average age and experience of Bupa fee-assured consultants is the same as Bupa recognised consultants who are not fee-assured. Consultants are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet Bupa's high quality standards.

The new options will be available to our BupaCare members upon renewal, with effect from 1 July 2013. If you opt for Open Referral it will reduce youur renewal premium, however you will have to use a BUPA approved consultant, however which will mean you will have less choice in who you use.