The British United Provident Association, widely known as Bupa, is a British health insurance provider established in the United Kingdom in 1947. Bupa's services were initially focused on providing health insurance to UK nationals, improving access to quality health care and complimenting the National Health Service scheme. In 1950, Bupa expanded its health insurance services by launching group health insurance products, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) being the first of its clients.
BUPA is a provident association (British Union Provident Association), which means it has no shareholders. As such, all profits made by Bupa are fed back into the business, medical research and healthcare facilities around the world.
Over the last 60 years Bupa has grown internationally, acquiring large health insurance companies across the globe, and is now one of the leaders in providing health insurance to customers worldwide. It continues to serve as the leading health insurance provider in the UK and is now one of the top health insurers in Hong Kong, Australia, Latin America, Arabia, among other countries around the world. Bupa's customer network has expanded globally starting with approximately 38,000 customers in the UK, to over 10 million customers today worldwide.
Bupa has acquired large health insurance companies across the globe including MBF, Mutual Community and HBF in Australia, Sanitas in Spain, Clinovia in the UK, ihi Danmark in Denmark, Amedex in Florida, the DCA Agedcare Group in Australia and New Zealand, and most recently Max India, now Max Bupa Health Insurance Limited. Bupa has continued to expand its business globally with local offices based in China, Arabia and Thailand.
Bupa continues to be a leader worldwide in offering international health insurance products through Bupa International, renowned for its high level of health insurance coverage and extensive member benefits. Bupa's large global customer base extends from its services in international health insurance products for businesses, individuals and families living overseas seeking health insurance.
Although Bupa's name is primarily associated with health insurance, today Bupa is also involved with various health and community products and services. Bupa offers travel health insurance through ihi-Bupa. Bupa runs a large group of private Bupa hospitals (such as Cromwell Hospital) Bupa health assessments, Bupa home care and personal medical alarms services. The Bupa Foundation participates in medical research focusing on studies in preventable health. Bupa also offers occupational health services, child care, health dialog services and hosts charity running events throughout the UK.
Bupa's motto is ‘feel better’, reflecting the company's values in promoting good health through a wide range of products and services. Bupa's health insurance products focus strongly on health support and ease of access to services by creating helplines and online services, staffed by medically trained consultants. Bupa adopted the vision ‘taking care of the lives in our hands’, in which this statement also reflects the company's business values include caring, respect, ethical, enabling, and accountable. Bupa's vision and business values have been selected to reflect their business culture in how they deal with both their customers and their employees.
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