New strategic partnership between Cabrini and Bupa

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Cabrini Health and Bupa have announced their extended contract will include a new partnership to expand models of care services.

Under the contract and partnership, Bupa will partly fund alternative models with a focus on care in the home, while ensuring the company's customers are covered with no additional out-of-pocket hospital costs from Cabrini.

Cabrini Health CEO Sue Williams said the partnership was a "great" outcome for patients.

“We’ve been developing new models of care for some time now, and this partnership with Bupa recognises our innovation in homecare and support, following a hospital admission,” said Ms Williams.

“Our focus on quality and compassionate hospital care is paramount, and this partnership will ensure the care and support Cabrini patients receive continues when they go home.”

Bupa Health Insurance managing director Chris Carroll said the partnership was an example of providers and funders working collaboratively with a ‘patient first’ mindset.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Cabrini to support new models of care that improve patient experience, bring about better clinical outcomes, and importantly support greater sector affordability,” said Mr Carroll.

“This partnership shows what’s possible when hospitals and insurers work together to address the challenges in the health system, with the end goal being affordable, high-value private healthcare which supports a strong and sustainable Australian healthcare sector.

“Cabrini is renowned for its commitment to quality care. For our members, this now means they have more choice as to where and how they receive that care,” added Mr Carroll.

The extended contract follows the recent breakdown in negotiations between Bupa and Ramsay Healthcare. The breakdown means the private health insurer's customers could have higher out-of-pocket costs for services performed in hospitals operated by Ramsay Healthcare.