Bupa Malta celebrates its 50th anniversary
For 50 years, Bupa Malta was a pioneer of private healthcare in Malta. CEO of LifeStar Health Adriana Zarb Adami talks about his contribution and looks to the future.
What is the significance of Bupa in Malta?
Bupa Global has been in business since 1947 and we are proud that Bupa’s first international overseas operation was Malta in 1971. For the past 50 years, Bupa has been a pioneer in health insurance in Malta.
Bupa is also recognized around the world, so members with overseas coverage face no problem if they need quality healthcare overseas.
What types of people need private health insurance?
Everyone should have private health insurance, regardless of their age or gender. Just as you need auto insurance to cover damage or caused by your vehicle, you also need health insurance to cover you in the event of illness or injury.
The purpose of private medical insurance (PMI), also known as private health insurance, is to help us pay for private medical care and treatment when we need it. The alternative is to have to pay the bill ourselves.
How extensive is Bupa Malta’s coverage and has the company handled any exceptional cases?
Bupa Malta offers a range of plans for residents of Malta with coverage for local and overseas treatment. We are also intermediaries for Bupa Global plans which offer extended coverage for non-residents.
Yes, we have certainly dealt with exceptional cases. One involved a client who was injured in the desert. Because he had an evacuation blanket, an air ambulance was immediately dispatched to his aid and our client was taken to the nearest hospital of excellence. All costs were covered by Bupa.
What are the benefits of being part of a global health insurance provider like Bupa?
Bupa continually invests in the development of systems, products, people and technologies. This expertise is applied to all Bupa representations around the world, including Bupa Malta. Bupa works with hospitals and clinics around the world, negotiating exclusive rates and service agreements that give Bupa customers quick and easy access to the care they need.
Has the health insurance industry changed during this time and, if so, how?
Over the past 20 years, people have become more aware of the importance of having private health insurance, and more and more people are looking for insurance coverage whenever possible.
Bupa Malta celebrates its half-century this year. How will it celebrate?
We wanted to mark this milestone by giving something back to the community.
Bupa continuously invests in the development of systems, products, people and technologies
Bupa Malta has renovated the Dar Santa Tereza playground in Zurrieq, which is run by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Malta and provides a home for six children under five. This will serve as a fun and safe place for young children. The unveiling event was followed by a brunch with the responsible sisters and children. I was particularly impressed with the expressions on the children’s faces.
A Christmas initiative in July also brightened up many children at the Santa Tereza Home and three other centers. Our staff gathered to participate in this event which consisted of the purchase of a gift by the employees for each of the 42 children of all ages in Dar Fra Diegu, Dar San Nikola, Dar Sagra Familja and Dar Santa Tereza.
A gala dinner also took place a few days ago. It’s sad that due to COVID-19 regulations and restrictions, numbers had to be limited, but it was a special occasion nonetheless.
What innovations can we expect from Bupa Malta in the years to come?
Bupa Malta is always listening to its customers in order to adapt to their changing needs. We recently reviewed existing plans and launched a dental rider. Others will follow in the coming year. Watch this place.
Visit bupa.com.mt for more details.
LifeStar Health Limited acts as insurance agent for Bupa Global Designated Activity Company (Bupa Global DAC), which has channeled its services through European passport rights for insurance and reinsurance companies. LifeStar Health Limited is registered as an insurance agent under the Insurance Distribution Act, Cap 487 of the laws of Malta and is regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority of Notabile Road, Attard BKR 3000, Malta and subject to a regulation limited by the Central Bank of Ireland. Company registration number C6393
Registered office: LifeStar Building, Testaferrata Street, Ta ‘Xbiex XBX 1403, Malta.
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