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[BF] 6 Months Free Premiums for Bushfire Impacted Bupa Members

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Bupa has announced a range of measures to support employees, customers, residents and the community including:

$100,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund;

six months of premium relief for eligible Bupa Health Insurance customers*;

$10,000 donation to each local Rural Fire Service and Country Fire Authority where our homes have been impacted, starting with Eden, Tumut and Bairnsdale;

up to 20 days paid community service leave for employees who are involved in the firefighting and disaster relief effort, along with counselling support for those who have been personally impacted;

selected dental and optical services** for eligble Bupa customers from Bupa Optical and Bupa-owned dental practices;
and

expansion of our Workplace Giving campaign to support the Red Cross Relief and Recovery appeal and our volunteer fire fighting services, with all employee donations being matched by Bupa until the end of January.

8/1 UPDATE: confirmed with a Bupa customer rep that the deal is those impacted by the bushfires will not pay premiums for 6 months, while still being able to claim and enjoy the benefits.


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  • +13 votes

    More tax breaks from private enterprise who have been ripping off Australians for the last two decades while calling for the public health system to be dismantled. The private health sector is not your friend, they are ghouls profiting from your health care. And lack of health care and death.

  • I've negged because this is misleading:

    Expansion of our Workplace Giving campaign to support the Red Cross Relief and Recovery appeal and our volunteer fire fighting services, with all employee donations being matched by Bupa until the end of January.

    I've never used a workplace giving where the employer did not match the donate as well.

    So either: they always matched but not red cross and are only doing it till end of Jan.
    They never matched (what's the point).

    Or, they are lying and always matched Red Cross.

    Most large employers will also cover:
    up to 20 days paid community service leave

    $100,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund;

    Okay this is something but not a deal.

    Six months of premium relief for eligible Bupa Health Insurance customers*;
    The (profanity) is this

    $10,000 donation to each local Rural Fire Service and Country Fire Authority where our homes have been impacted, starting with Eden, Tumut and Bairnsdale; okay this is nice too.

    This is pr ad for Bupa.

    Even if you are a Bupa customer you get the notification about this.

    • If this counts as a deal I may as well post that my employer made an announcement that they're also donating some money, more flexibility for employees who are firies or reservists, and making P2 masks available from impacted offices soon.

      (Hey, it's no worse "targeted" than saying you have to be an impacted Bupa customer)

  • +4 votes

    The real deal would be abolishing the lifetime loading and putting that into Medicare.

  • +3 votes

    It even says this in the press release which was not copied here:

    Customers will be provided premium relief based on their level of cover as at 1 January 2020.

    • Exactly.

      Nice selective wording excluding this.

    • So I think what this means is:

      If you're on a certain level of cover on Jan1…. You can't switch to the most expensive cover after that and expect 6 months of higher coverage free….

      Sounds reasonable

      • It doesn't even say it is free. Can you find where it says this isn't just a nice letter telling you they care and the same level you pay for?

        • True, I just assumed relief means they won't be charged for 6 months based on what cover they're on on Jan1. I'm not the target audience so I'm only guessing similar to everyone commenting here I'm assuming, but hopefully those impacted will get it free. Or if you're curious, you can always contact Bupa and come back and let us know.

  • Seems like PR spin so neg vote from me.

  • Whatever extra money Bupa is supposedly giving has just come from all the yearly premium price jacks from Bupa members anyway.

  • Added to the Disaster Relief wiki page.

  • This really isn't a deal

  • PR bs, what does relief even mean, Are they waiving it off, delaying payments for six months?
    What does it mean?

  • Night shift sour pusses !

    Oh it must be a deal no mods have taken it down afterc12 1.2 hrs :)

  • PHI is a scam. We don't need to privatise our health and wellbeing. (profanity) them.