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Bupa offers plan to end paying twice for benefits

Bupa is offering a health cash plan which provides cover for everyday healthcare expenses without duplicating the benefits available through private medical insurance.

The firm says it has created the Health Additions plan to attract customers who already hold medical insurance and fear paying twice for benefits such as hospital stays and consultations.

Customers pay a premium of £10 a month – irrespective of age – for one level of cover, with £90 towards optical, dental, hearing care and chiropody expenses up to £40 for prescription charges and bet-ween £50 and £125 for private GP costs.

A range of prices are also available to cover family groups. Single customers pay £10 a month, those with children pay £13 a month, couples pay £17 and families pay £20 a month.

Sales director Steve Flan-agan says: “In designing this plan, we have included cover for common healthcare exp-enses which are inevitable and predictable. For £120 a year, customers only pay half the costs of these bills. This product brings together our extensive knowledge of PMI and the cash plan market.”


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