How much is private health insurance?
We’re here to answer your questions around the cost of health insurance, including what can affect the price of your cover and what exactly you get for your money.
What can affect the price of my health insurance policy?
I want to make my policy more affordable – how do I do this?
When choosing health insurance, it’s important you select a policy that suits your needs and budget.
If you’re looking to keep the cost of your policy down, you could increase your excess limit or reduce your out-patient limit that may be included on the policy.
What do I get for my money?
Again, this depends on the health insurance provider and policy you choose. It also depends on your personal preferences and what you want to be covered for.
For example, most health insurance policies should cover you for treatment and care in private hospitals, as well as private consultations, physiotherapy and out-patient care such as scans and hospital appointments where you aren’t admitted.
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†With Bupa full cancer cover, there are no limits on how long your treatment lasts or how much it costs, for as long as you have Bupa health cover. If you or your employer set a maximum benefit limit, either for each renewal year or the full length of time that you’re with us, we’ll cover eligible costs until you reach your limit. You must use a hospital or health centre from the Bupa network and a consultant that we recognise and charges within Bupa rates (a fee-assured consultant). If your cover is provided by your employer, please check your certificate or guide to see which specific list of advanced therapies your employer has selected as it may not cover all advanced therapies.
‡‡ To support addictions we fund one addiction treatment programme per membership lifetime. To support chronic mental health conditions (conditions which recur) we removed restrictions on cover from June 2019. Please call us if you would like to discuss the benefit limits on your policy.
††As of February 2023, this comparison to other products in the market is based on Bupa’s and Defaqto’s interpretation of the differences between the Bupa’s Bupa By You health insurance and other health insurance products offering mental health cover. The comparison excludes any special offers or promotions which may temporarily alter the cover offered. Cover comparison information is for personal use and guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation by either Bupa or Defaqto about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of the comparison. Neither party accepts any liability for errors, omissions, direct or consequential loss in relation to this comparison.
‡‡‡ Any onward referrals for consultations, tests or treatment are subject to the benefits and exclusions of your cover. Please check your guide and certificate for further details or contact us to check your eligibility.
††† Customers who live in the Isle of Man, or have a Bupa Standard, Bupa Premium or Bupa Your Choice policy, do not have access to Digital GP provided by Babylon, but can access GP24, provided by HealthHero. Some corporate schemes don't include access to Digital GP or GP24, please check your scheme documents or give us a call.
‡‡‡‡ Bupa Blua Health private prescriptions with click and collect or home delivery options available. The cost of the private prescription is paid for by the individual. Charges for delivery will apply. Collection is usually available within 60 minutes, depending on your pharmacy opening hours, and selected pharmacies are open at weekends. Depending on your location, delivery to your door can be within 24 or 48 hours (other than on bank holidays).
Bupa Blua Health is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Bupa Blua Health is provided by Bupa Insurance Services Limited, registered in England and Wales with number 3829851. Digital GP services are powered by Babylon Healthcare Services Limited, registered in England and Wales with number 09229684, registered office: 1 Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QA.
Bupa health insurance is provided by Bupa Insurance Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 3956433. Bupa Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Arranged and administered by Bupa Insurance Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England and Wales No. 3829851. Registered office: 1 Angel Court, London, EC2R 7HJ.