Bupa Members First Network cost certainty - Tasmanian Country

Health insurer Bupa is driving down costs for customers with a range of initiatives including the Members First Extras Network and discounts for those under 30.

As published in Tasmanian Country

HEALTH insurer Bupa is delivering value for Tasmanian customers with a range of initiatives to address premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs for healthcare.

Since April 1, members under 30 years of age will receive an automatic discount of up to 10 per cent, while all members can elect to increase their hospital excess for a reduced premium.

Bupa is also reminding members it has the largest network of healthcare providers in Tasmania, meaning negotiations by Bupa provides certainty around cost.

Bupa says using its Member First network could save Tasmanian families hundreds of dollars by being more selective about where they go for dental, physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments.

Further savings could be made for those with children, with many Bupa products providing kids dental, physio, chiro and podiatry consultations as well as a range of selected glasses at Member First providers (up to yearly limits) with nothing to pay.

Bupa Health Insurance managing director Dr Dwayne Crombie said Bupa was acting to provide value for money for health insurance customers and reduce additional costs.

“When you or your family are sick, injured or need medical care the last thing you want to worry about is how much you will have to pay,” Dr Crombie said.

“We've heard the message about affordability and value for money loud and clear from our members. That's why we've acted to both address cost of health insurance and what members are then required to pay if they need medical care.

“Our Member First network of hospitals, dentists, physiotherapists and other health services means members have certainty around what they will be charged, and may even receive care with no additional charges. We list all of our Member First providers on our website or through the MyBupa app and research shows it can literally save a person hundreds of dollars each year.

“We're also moving to address the price of premiums. 80 per cent of our customers currently choose a policy with an excess and this will be the first time in almost 20 years they can choose a higher excess in return for a lower price.

“We will also offer customers aged 18-29 years annual discounts of up to 10 per cent off their private health insurance hospital cover premiums.

“The more under 30s we have taking up health insurance annually, the better it is for all health insurance customers because it helps to reduce costs for everyone,” Dr Crombie said.

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