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Richard Bowden, Managing Director, BUPA Australia, 1 July 2010
Richard Bowden addressed a CEO Boardroom events for 22 senior business executives where he discussed “The Government’s National Health and Hospital Network - will it fix the problem of health?”. This lunch was generously hosted by Industry & Investment NSW and Message Stick.
It is said that the Commonwealth Government's National Health Reform Plan will deliver the most significant reforms to Australia's health and hospital system since the introduction of Medicare and one of the biggest reforms to the federation in its history.
The states have agreed to surrender a slice of their GST revenue so it can be given directly to the new national health network that will fund hospitals directly – but will this plan deliver what it promises?
Richard Bowden, Managing Director of private health insurer Bupa Australia, trading as HBA, MBF and Mutual Community, is well-placed to shed some light on this initiative.
Bupa provides cover for over three million Australians and includes a Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Wealth Management and a joint venture General Insurance business.
As MD of Bupa Australia for 12 years, Richard has managed the transition from AXA Asia Pacific ownership to a standalone business under Bupa which, in 2008, acquired the business of MBF.
Richard is the President of the Australian Health Insurance Association, a Commissioner on the Australian Quality and Safety Commission, is on the Foundation Board of Very Special Kids, and a Director on a number of other BUPA companies.
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