Leading International Health Insurance provider, Bupa Global, has launched a range of improvements to the mental health coverage offered across all of their International Health Insurance plans.

Dr Luke James, Medical Director for Bupa Global and Bupa UK Insurance commented “ Mental health issues can affect everyone. Early diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes. Our new extended cover, which includes ongoing support for all mental health conditions, will ensure that more people than ever before can access the right help.”

The improvements which Bupa Global have announced are;

  • Removal of mental health waiting period
  • Removal of mental health lifetime limits
  • Enhanced out-patient benefits to bring them in line with those of physical conditions
  • Remove of general exclusions for addiction ADHD and self-inflected injury

These enhancements have already been introduced to a large number of Bupa Global’s International Medical Insurance plans and they aim to have them applied to every plan by April 2021.

Bupa Global already had one of the more generous coverage levels for mental health conditions on their International Private Medical Insurance plans before these changes. Implementing these improvements now mean that when we compare International Health Insurance products, Bupa Global now lead the market on their approach to, and coverage for, mental health conditions.

With mental health conditions effecting 1 in 4 people in their lifetime a large number of Bupa Global’s present and future customers should benefit directly from these improvements. This move may trigger an improvement from other insurers in a large and competitive International Health Insurance market place, which will now fall short of Bupa Global’s benchmark. Employers are increasingly interested in providing comprehensive mental health support to their teams, particularly for expatriate employees which can be under particular strain.