Bupa has won a significant tender to provide visa health checks and a range of other medical and processing services for the Australian Government.
The three-year agreement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will see Bupa establish and operate a range of purpose-built medical assessment centres in major Australian cities, whilst managing a network of approved medical clinics to provide services in regional areas.
Commencing mid-year, these facilities will provide medical services and health checks to ensure that people applying for visas to migrate permanently or stay temporarily in Australia, satisfy health requirements specified in Australian migration regulations.
Bupa Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Dean Holden, said the announcement underlined Bupa’s diversity and global expertise in health and care.
“Bupa has widespread experience in delivering outstanding quality health and medical services, both locally and internationally. We already have medical clinics in the UK, Poland and Hong Kong so in many ways, this new endeavour is a very natural fit for Bupa.”
Mr Holden said around 250,000 visa applicants were required to undergo health checks in Australia each year.
“We will be absolutely focused on drawing upon all of Bupa’s experience to ensure we deliver the best possible service to the Commonwealth and visa applicants,” he said.
Director of Strategy and Managing Director Bupa Health Services, Hisham El-Ansary, will be responsible for overseeing delivery of this service.
Mr El-Ansary said the agreement would cover onshore medical services, offshore medical results processing, relevant ongoing health undertakings and maintenance of clinical notes.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Bupa to broaden the range of health services we offer in Australia, reinforcing our position as a leading health and care company,” Mr El-Ansary said.
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Bupa Australia and New Zealand’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading healthcare group, we provide health insurance and aged care services, as well as complementary healthcare services through Bupa Health Dialog, Bupa Wellness, Bupa Optical and Dental Corporation. Bupa focuses on providing sustainable healthcare solutions that represent real value, and on leading the industry in the promotion of preventive health and wellness. Bupa’s Australian and New Zealand businesses are part of the international Bupa Group, which cares for more than 14 million people in over 190 countries.