Aviva Healthcare and VitalityHealth have announced they are to form a joint venture to purchase treatment from private and independent hospitals in the UK.

The two insurers have said that the venture is to allow them to purchase more affordable treatment for their customers through their combined purchasing strength.

The new company called ‘Healthcare Purchasing Alliance (HPA)’ will be lead by Tania Baker, previous CEO at healthcare data and improvement service Dr Foster. Whilst this is a joint venture between the two providers, they will both continue to operate independently in every other respect. So far, there have been no changes announced by either provider to policies already in force.