Commercial negotiations between BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest private hospital group, and Bupa, have resulted in a three-year agreement with a view to providing long-term stability for patients.
The contract will provide continuity of care for Bupa members who will be able to access private healthcare across the majority of BMI Healthcare’s 70 strong hospital network. Three hospitals - BMI Gisburne Park Hospital, BMI The Lancaster Hospital and BMI The Castle Consulting Suite - remain out of network.
John Von Klemperer of BMI Healthcare says: “We have worked hard to arrive at a solution that will allow us to continue to deliver excellent quality care and to further invest in our hospitals to provide improved facilities and new procedures for our patients. Throughout the negotiations, both BMI Healthcare and Bupa were committed to providing continuity of care for patients and regret any inconvenience, which may have been experienced, by patients or consultants during this time. This marks the beginning of a stronger working relationship between BMI Healthcare and Bupa; one which will benefit private patients, the independent healthcare sector and the healthcare sector as a whole. The UK faces a changing healthcare landscape, which makes it important that Bupa members and other privately insured patients are offered a greater range of high acuity services. This will take some of the burden off the NHS as it faces a combination of increased demand and budget cuts.”
The lesson for all health insurers is that negotiations should be conducted in private, not in public , as it does neither side , nor the industry, any favours.