The Rise in Self Pay Patients
7 Oct 2013 by Mark Reeves
The private medical sector in the UK is growing exponentially. An average annual growth of 5% is forecast between now and 2016. There is a marked rise in self-pay patients. People are taking healthcare into their own hands because cuts mean they don’t qualify for treatment, and others would rather pay than wait.
Paying in cash (or credit card) for procedures such as cataract removal, hip or knee replacements and hernia operations is becoming commonplace. A 2012 poll carried out by ComRes for BMI Healthcare surveyed over 1500 GPs in Britain about NHS restrictions.
70% of GPs said they were unable to refer patients for treatment on the NHS because they didn’t qualify, at least once a month.
35% said the number of patients enquiring about private treatment had risen. 24% admitted they themselves were more likely to raise the possibility.
66% believe the primary reason for greater interest in self-pay is that treatments are no longer available on the NHS. 56% said it was because waiting times had increased.
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