Pacific Prime clients with Bupa International will be able to reap the benefits of changes to Bupa Worldwide Health Option and Premier Worldwide Health Option plans. The insurance provider is increasing the limits on maternity benefits for these two plans.
Specifically, the maternity benefit for the Worldwide Medical Insurance option has expanded its coverage and has increased to US$13,600 (€10,000). Previously, the benefit for childbirth and related hospital treatments was US$11,050 (€8,100). The limit for the maternity benefit on the Worldwide Medical Plus has also increased from US$3,400 (€2,500) to US$5,100 (€3,750).
Although Bupa has been one of the leaders in the field of international medical insurance for several years, maternity benefits have not been one of its most competitive points. With these changes, Bupa looks set to improve the range of coverage for their clients.
Bupa stated the enhancement is, “a great offer for members and should be highlighted to those who could benefit from this”.
The cost of giving birth abroad
For expats starting, or adding to, a family abroad, the costs involved with prenatal, birth, and postnatal care vary widely. This highlights the need for comprehensive maternity benefits if you are considering having children in another country.
For example, having a baby in Dubai in a government hospital will cost around AED5,000 (€986) for a natural delivery, and AED8,000 (€1,578) for a C-section. For expats with international medical insurance who opt for one of the many private hospitals the costs range from AED10,000 (€1,972) to AED20,000 (€3,945) for delivery.
Expats with a comprehensive medical insurance which covers maternity needs have more options when it comes to giving birth, from choosing a hospital to even travelling home for care.
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