If I want it I can have Bupa cover for me and my partner, for free (you pay tax on the cover, so it’s not completely without cost).
My feelings about the NHS, and introducing market forces into healthcare, have been documented here before. So would that make me a hypocrite to take it?
But the wider picture includes NHS consultants doing private work on the sides, and private patients using facilities that would otherwise be available to NHS patients.
While trying to make up my mind, I’ve learned a few new things. Bupa doesn’t have any shareholders, so its profits are all re-invested in the organisation. It’s also older than the NHS, as it was set up in 1947 as a health insurance provider.
At the moment I think I am going to take the cover, but be selective about when I use it rather than going private every time one of us needs medical care. And I live in London, so that means there is a Bupa-only hospital available, rather than using up NHS beds and equipment.
But I’d like to hear what you think, and any experiences you have. Leave a comment!