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Bupa members 'can no longer afford premiums'


The UK's biggest health insurer has warned that treatment costs have become so expensive that hundreds of thousands of people are abandoning private medical cover.

Dr Natalie-Jane McDonald, the managing director of BUPA's UK Business, explains part of the issue is due to the "inefficiency and a lack of competition among consultancies and hospitals".

"We have a responsibility on behalf [of our members] to make sure the cost of healthcare is affordable," she told the Today programme.

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