New BUPA scheme hits NHS patients

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1379

Britain's leading private health insurer has removed NHS trusts from its list of preferred hospitals in a move that could cost the NHS up to £40m ($60m). BUPA's new scheme offers financial inducements to patients in return for agreeing to treatment at 150 selected independent hospitals, including rival Nuffield hospitals. Private wings of NHS trusts are excluded from the scheme for most treatments.

The NHS Trust Federation, an umbrella organisation for NHS trusts, last week condemned BUPA's new health fund and will be meeting with the …

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