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When should I seek private healthcare advice?

In recent years, the number of adults using private healthcare within the UK has increased quite considerably. In fact, data gathered by Statistica found that while 12% of adults relied on private healthcare services in 2019, this figure had grown to 22% by December 2022.

There are many potential reasons for this surge in demand for private healthcare advice, such as overly long waiting times on the NHS or the need for specialised services.

This article will explore some of the benefits of private healthcare help, alongside advice for those choosing a private healthcare insurance provider.

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When is private healthcare advice useful?

There are many scenarios in which individuals can benefit from private healthcare advice. As mentioned above, wait times have long been a point of contention, with many people waiting weeks to gain referrals or support. For example, an NHS report found that by November 2022, "59.6% of patients waiting to start treatment were waiting up to 18 weeks."

Accessing private healthcare can drastically lessen this waiting time, meaning that individuals get access to the support they need sooner rather than later.

Those seeking access to specific treatments or programs may also benefit from going private, as it allows them to connect with qualified specialists.

This includes:
  • Fertility Treatment (IVF, IUI, access to fertility drugs, etc.)
  • Mental Health Support (Therapy, Counselling)
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dental treatments
  • Weight management treatment

Many of those who visit a private healthcare provider choose to do so because they are dissatisfied with their previous provider or feel as though they would like a second opinion related to a diagnosis. Either way, it can be a great way to obtain timely treatment and provide patients with peace of mind moving forward.

How much does private healthcare cost?

The costs of private healthcare can vary depending upon a wide variety of factors, including the scope of the treatment or support, your location, or your healthcare provider.

How to access private healthcare advice?

You can seek out private healthcare advice by making an appointment at a private facility or at an NHS facility that offers 'private' services. In both scenarios, prices can be competitive, though many offer a variety of different payment options.

For example, they could be covered by private health insurance or as part of a payment plan wherein the overall cost is split into more manageable instalments. If you are injured abroad, your travel insurance may cover the costs of private healthcare support after the fact.

While there are many private healthcare facilities established within the UK, take care to choose a provider that is right for you. While their price point may be a critical factor, it's also worth taking into account other considerations too - such as their reputation, experience and the breadth of services offered. Doing your research will help you to connect with a provider who has your best interests at heart.