Bupa has entered a landmark strategic partnership with Cabrini Health (Cabrini) – a Catholic, private, not-for-profit health service provider in Melbourne.
The partnership will see Bupa fund part of Cabrini's innovative alternative models of care, focusing on homecare, while ensuring coverage for Bupa customers without additional out-of-pocket hospital costs from the health service provider.
Chris Carroll, health insurance managing director at Bupa, said the deal reflects a “patient first” mindset of healthcare providers and funders.
“We're thrilled to be partnering with Cabrini to support new models of care that improve patient experience, bring about better clinical outcomes, and importantly, support greater sector affordability,” Carroll said. “This partnership shows what's possible when hospitals and insurers work together to address the challenges in the health system, with the end-goal being affordable, high-value private healthcare, which supports a strong and sustainable Australian healthcare sector.”
Cabrini CEO Sue Williams said the partnership recognises the health service provider's innovation in homecare and support following a hospital admission, improving outcome for patients.
“We've been developing new models of care for some time now,” she continued. “Our focus on quality and compassionate hospital care is paramount, and this partnership will ensure the care and support Cabrini patients receive continues when they go home.”
Carroll added: “Cabrini is renowned for its commitment to quality care. For our members, this now means they have more choice as to where and how they receive that care.”
The partnership with Cabrini follows major healthcare provider Ramsay Health's decision to terminate its policy with Bupa.