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I have been a BUPA provider for the last 14 years, ever since they decided to recognise complimentary medicine on GP referral from 1st April 1998.

I will not be joining their new network.

BUPA should not be dictating to their members as to who they can and cannot see. Their members are entitled to choose their osteopath as they see fit.

I certainly have no intention of allowing BUPA to dictate to me how I should run my practice.

Having said this - am I the only osteopath who really doesn't care about BUPA? My practice does not depend on seeing BUPA members and, in fact, I believe that BUPA are struggling to maintain their share of the private health insurance market. Isn't this the most likely reason for their attempts to restrict fees? It certainly is not about providing the best service to their members.