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All for one and one for all – the mutual in modern society

28th October 2013

Last week, (Friday 25th October) Cover Magazine published an article entitled ‘All for one and one for all’ which discussed the place of mutuals in today’s society.

In response to this article, Lawrence Christensen, Marketing Director at benenden health said, “Neil Armitage’s piece on mutuals strikes a definite chord with us here at benenden health. His look at the early history of mutuals echoes our very proud history in providing treatment for Tuberculosis to Post Office workers at a time when services were only available for those who could afford them.

“He is right to suggest that mutuals largely faded out as a result of the creation of the welfare state - and benenden health itself took steps to reinvent itself and evolve over the years in order to ensure it still provided a very relevant service offering for each era.

“benenden health prides itself on working with the NHS, not against it, and would be happy to answer the call to ensure that healthcare in the UK never does move back to the preserve of the better off.

“Consumers may feel that ‘private healthcare’ is an expensive addition to a household budget, but mutuals such as benenden health have ensured that costs remain low whilst the quality of customer service remains high. We continually seek to improve our products, to make them attractive and to also ensure they are supporting the provision of the NHS and its commitment to universal coverage.

“Meanwhile, the Coalition government continues to make positive noises in addressing how mutuals can help provide ethical and affordable public services – and benenden health is well placed to be at the forefront of this. And by being an affordable provider of non-acute services, we can help ensure NHS budgets continue to provide emergency care, essential services and universal coverage.

“All the while, a mutual is fostering a strong sense of community ownership – and shareholders need never come into the equation.

Read Neil Armitage’s full article.

 

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