Simplyhealth takes majority stake in Ocuplan
· Investment will expand revolutionary eyecare service to thousands of patients
· Seven million people in the UK suffer from long-term eye conditions that can lead to blindness
· Deal for eye care start-up marks Dr Sneh Khemka’s first year as CEO
The UK’s leading health and dental plan provider Simplyhealth, has announced it is taking a majority stake in OcuPlan, the country’s top provider of predictive and preventative eye care packages.
The investment into OcuPlan will expand Simplyhealth’s offering into innovative treatment and funding for conditions affecting seven million people in the UK such as glaucoma, ocular hypertension, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Its unique technology allows patients to choose their own eye specialists and match these with bespoke eyecare packages, enabling continuity of care and reducing the risk of blindness. This will help lift some of the strain from the NHS, which aligns to the core purpose of Simplyhealth to improve access to health for the many.
OcuPlan was founded in 2019 by Ophthalmic Surgeon Dan Calladine, harnessing technology to make the ongoing treatment of chronic eye issues more accessible and affordable. It utilises a network of over 500 optometrists and ophthalmologists and provides payment plans for those in need of specialist eye care.
As a former Ophthalmic Surgeon myself, I know that OcuPlan’s technology can empower people with long-term eye conditions to take control of their treatment and their health. It can also really help to take the strain off the NHS, and I couldn’t be prouder to make OcuPlan our first investment as CEO.
Simplyhealth shares our belief in the value of preventative healthcare; joining its ecosystem means we can expand our offering to more people with long-term eye problems who want to see their chosen specialist in an affordable way. Simplyhealth represents the future of healthcare, we’re excited to be part of it.
Since 1872, we’ve been helping people make the most of life through better everyday health. Our health plans make sure individuals, families and employees can easily access in-person and virtual wellbeing services and afford to stay healthy by claiming costs back on dental treatments, visits to the optician, complementary therapies and much more.
Today we’re the UK’s leading health solutions company, with almost 1000 colleagues serving 2.3 million customers. We don’t have shareholders, so we’re led by our purpose of improving access to healthcare, for the many, for the long term. We’re passionate about using our voice in public health affairs and partnering with charities to reduce health inequality – each year we commit to giving 10% of pre-tax profits to a range of community causes. And we ensure our business takes care of the planet too, achieving Carbon Neutral + status in 2021.