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BUPA limits intensive care

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.278a (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:278

Private patients in Britain who are insured by British United Provident Association (BUPA) and unexpectedly need intensive care will no longer be automatically entitled to private treatment. Under new rules that came into effect in July, BUPA says it will pay only for intensive care for patients undergoing designated procedures (of which there are about 200). The company has not ruled out paying for intensive care for patients having other operations or procedures but says it will do sos at its discretion.

The Intensive Care Society has criticised the change in the rules. Dr Julian Bion, a member of the society's council and senior lecturer in intensive care medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, said it is not uncommon for private patients who …

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