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Bupa response to ABI figures

Fiona Harris of Bupa says: "The latest ABI figures reflect our own experience - growth in the number of people with private medical insurance cover for the second year running, despite the current economic downturn."

Whilst the NHS has recently met its 18-week waiting time target, a Bupa survey shows that more than eight out of 10 Britons feel this is still too long to wait for treatment and be left in pain, worrying about their health and watching their condition deteriorate further.

Bupa research also shows that more people are buying PMI because of fears about superbugs, such as MRSA and C.difficile and general hospital cleanliness.

Top ten reasons for taking out PMI:

1.        Clean hospitals

73%

2.        Faster access to specialists

62%

3.        No waiting lists/less pain

61%

4.        No waiting lists/faster recovery

61%

5.        Able to see same consultant

59%

6.        Better quality treatment/advice

59%

7.        Able to choose location to suit me

54%

8.        See specialist at time to suit me

52%

9.        No waiting lists/faster return to work

50%

10.     Hospital more comfortable

50%

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