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November 5, 2008

Bupa welcomes top up decision

by Richard Kilner

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The recent government decision to allow users of the NHS in England to pay for ‘top up’ treatment without losing their NHS treatment has been welcomed by private health firm Bupa.

Bupa UK Health Insurance’s managing director, Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald, has warmly welcomed the announcement, which now entitles NHS patients to pay for private treatment without foregoing the NHS entirely.

Dr Macdonald went on to say that Bupa forecast a tricky decade ahead for the NHS, and emphasised that the firm had always supported the principle of top up treatments.

Despite the mix and match nature of top up treatment, which by definition involves a combination of NHS and private treatment, Dr Macdonald stated that Bupa remained confident that full private medical insurance remained an attractive option to Britons.

Bupa’s research has suggested that within just five years, the NHS could face a funding gap of some £11bn, leading the firm to conclude that other measures, in addition to top ups, will be required to keep the national institution going.


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