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Our story

Our story 

Bupa celebrated its 70th year in 2017. We’ve come a long way from our origins as a health funding organisation with just 30,000 customers in the UK. Today, Bupa is an international healthcare company serving around 16.7 million health insurance customers, around 15 million patients in our clinics, hospitals and dental centres, and 22,300 residents in our care homes and villages.

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Bupa’s role in healthcare

Bupa was established in 1947 as a company without shareholders, which means our customers are our focus. We reinvest our profits into providing more and better healthcare that will benefit customers now and in the future.

Through us, millions of people have access to high-quality healthcare and residential care they trust. From our early days in the UK, we have listened to our customers and grown by responding to their needs. We’ve become an international healthcare company, providing health insurance, treatment in clinics, dental centres and hospitals, and running care homes where residents truly feel at home.

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Building a strong business to meet customer needs

Bupa must deliver strong and sustainable performance so that it can continue to deliver for our customers, long into the future. We understand the realities of healthcare delivery through bringing together a unique mix of health funding and care delivery – partnering with our network of the world’s leading health providers.

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Clinical expertise is at the heart of our business

Our clinical expertise means we can guide our customers to make informed decisions about the care that’s right for them. As a leader in many of our markets, we play a role in some of today’s critical health challenges. We help customers to stay well, care for those in later life, and work with companies to improve their employees’ health.

Our people

Empowering our people

We employ over 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

We work with a wide range of partners including other health providers, brokers, distributors, partners in our associate businesses, and joint ventures.

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Bupa in the community and beyond

We want to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate, providing quality services and delivering on our social and environmental commitments. Find out more about Bupa's Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability agenda.