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Humana pulls out of UK as another private provider admits reforms are no “gold rush”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d490 (Published 24 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d490
  1. Nick Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

Humana, the giant US health insurer, is pulling out of the United Kingdom, unconvinced that Andrew Lansley’s plans to hand over the commissioning of perhaps £70bn (€82bn; $112bn) of NHS care to GPs in England will necessarily open up a lucrative market in commissioning support.

Humana’s decision comes as other potential providers of the wide range of skills needed—from data analysis to negotiating and procurement skills—also seem to be making cautious assessments of the opportunities that the market will yield, at least in the short term. These companies include Bupa, Tribal, and the US owned Aetna and UnitedHealth.

The coalition government’s plans, set out in full in the longest NHS bill in history on 19 January (BMJ 2011;342:d418, doi:10.1136/bmj.d418), have …

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