I've got BUPA with work but im not sure what im entitled with the plan I'm on. Do you know if it's possible to have , say, a breastpump reimburesed by BUPA if I buy one? Or acupuncture for the baby etc ? Would I need a note from GP or midwife?
PMI usually doesn't cover normal pregnancy and birth.
If the baby needs treatment, you would have to get them added to your policy (this can usually be backdated to the birth if you do it within a certain period of time), and then get a GP's referral. All treatment needs a referral, because PMI does not provide Primary Care.
If you can find the brochure that came with your plan, it will show you what you are entitled to.
I have a BUPA policy through work and whilst I'm not covered for anything to do with pregnancy or delivery, they do say that under some circumstances they may cover a planned CS delivery. Haven't looked into it further as I'm (currently!) planning to go down the natural delivery route. May be worth checking the policy document if this is something you're considering.
I thought Private Medical Insurance covered you for unexpected pregnancy things - like emergency ceasareans or complications that require hospital stays?? Not sure but you should check your policy info or call their helpline.
Agree with ChocOrange - am confused, sure I replied to this thread yesterday, is it somewhere else as well? But my insurance will cover not just an em CS but any "for medical reason" (eg if baby breech etc), plus hospital stay and follow up consultation as necessary. A breastpump isn't medical equipment so can't see why you would ever get that - you wouldn't expect them to pay for formula and bottles would you? As for treatment for the baby, my policy (provided I add my baby to it, once born) covers some things but is not great on complementary therapies (why do you want your baby to have acupuncture out of interest??)
I tried mine during my pregnancy with DD when I was admitted to the hospital with high BP, but they told me that pregnancy and pregancy-related hypertension were not covered at all (save for emergency cs and follow-up). It was so annoying.
ScaryHairy - there is a specific list of "medical problems" that they cover in pregnancy - not sure if high BP was one of them. I have the opposite problem (bp is too low) so I didn't take notice, either.