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In the UK, there is relatively little discussion around private healthcare and the benefits it can offer.

In most places, available public healthcare provides a good enough service for patients and their families. However, there are distinct benefits that private healthcare can offer and it is certainly worth exploring why private healthcare may be suitable for your family and how you should explore choosing the right private healthcare for you.

There's no question that the public healthcare system in the UK does incredible things and has helped millions of people, however, private healthcare provides patients with a greater sense of control over their own health and care options. With the UK as one of the world's leading tourist destinations and business centres, the country’s public healthcare services treat people from all walks of life and for all manner of health concerns.

As a result of the modern public healthcare system in place in the UK, which provides an all-encompassing health service, private centres are better equipped to offer specialisms in certain areas of the body, treating specific health issues or efficiently treating a certain demographic of the population who may need it. This ability for patients to visit specialist private health clinics provides a necessary freedom of choice, should patients wish to receive a certain treatment or receive treatment in a particular area of the country.

When turning to private healthcare, patients receive peace of mind that they will be seen within a 48-hour period, test results can be sent off and returned much more quickly, and as a result, action can be taken in a shorter space of time. Time that is, sometimes, not always easily afforded. Additionally, private healthcare provides cover for all your medical bills and gives patients the option to choose both how they would like to be treated and the level of care they will receive.

As a result of the modern public healthcare system in place in the UK, which provides an all-encompassing health service, private centres are better equipped to offer specialisms in certain areas of the body, treating specific health issues or efficiently treating a certain demographic of the population who may need it. This ability for patients to visit specialist private health clinics provides a necessary freedom of choice, should patients wish to receive a certain treatment or receive treatment in a particular area of the country.

When turning to private healthcare, patients receive peace of mind that they will be seen within a 48-hour period, test results can be sent off and returned much more quickly, and as a result, action can be taken in a shorter space of time. Time that is, sometimes, not always easily afforded. Additionally, private healthcare provides cover for all your medical bills and gives patients the option to choose both how they would like to be treated and the level of care they will receive.

What Can Private Healthcare Offer Me?

The benefits of private healthcare are vast and numerous. Further detailed benefits of choosing private healthcare include:

Care on Demand

Feeling ill? Book an appointment with your GP at a surgery that suits you - often within a period of 48 hours. Been referred for treatment but having to wait? Private care will reduce your waiting time down from an average of above six weeks to normally within a week or two of seeing your GP. This is one of the biggest reasons why people choose to have private healthcare, as being seen, diagnosed and treated promptly enables patients to get back to their everyday life with a clean bill of health much more quickly.

Choice of Care

Those who have never dealt with a medical service outside of the public healthcare system won’t appreciate the ability to freely pick treatment options including delivery and what level of care you will receive. Private healthcare puts the overall choice back into the hands of the patient, making it easier to request services and consultants without delaying treatment.

Care in Hand with Comfort

Most patients would prefer a private room but more often than not, patients being treated under the public healthcare service find themselves on mixed wards during their recovery. Private healthcare allows patients to choose a high-quality private room that offers additional comforts and facilities and most importantly, privacy.

Personal Care

Consider the average patient progress through a treatment regime. They will meet with their GP, receive tests and likely go back and forth between the hospital and the GP before a course of treatment is actioned.

When attending the hospital on the first visit as a public healthcare patient, patients meet with Doctor Jones, but the next week when attending on a different day, they meet with Doctor Smith. While both Doctors have the same qualifications and are following the same patient medical file, it’s not uncommon for the same conversations to be relayed in order to bring everyone up to speed which costs everyone valuable time and can be tiring, particularly when the patient is feeling unwell.

Private healthcare ensures patients consistently see the same familiar faces, making the delivery of treatment flow more freely and giving peace of mind to the patient that their treatment is considered a priority.

Specialist Care

Public healthcare services, unfortunately, don’t always have access to the latest in speciality drugs and treatments due to budget constraints. Patients seeking specialist services are more likely to find that specialised treatments can be afforded to private healthcare providers.

Additional Care Access

Services such as physiotherapy have long waiting lists through public healthcare services and patients can wait weeks before additional healthcare services are available when their condition is not considered a priority. These services are easy to request via private healthcare and in most cases, there are no waitlists delaying patients receiving necessary supportive therapies.

Paying for Private Healthcare

The cost of private healthcare is often the final factor deciding whether a patient will seek private healthcare services or remain in the public healthcare system. However, it is a common misunderstanding that private healthcare is restricted to the privileged few. While paying out of pocket for treatment as and when required is possible, health insurance has made it easier than ever before to receive quality private healthcare for the cost of a monthly payment.

There are many health insurers available that offer different tiers of treatment cover and finding the right one for the particular patient is best done with plenty of research. Patients will want to explore if existing conditions are covered, how far cover extends, what changes can be expected in the cover and any responsibilities the patient has to continue receiving private healthcare cover, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking or even changing jobs.

Patients are also recommended to check the coverage offered for ‘out of work care’. Should a patient experience a debilitating illness or an injury that prevents them from working, it’s important to remain covered. Some health insurers offer a clause of ‘income protection’ that can reduce worry about making the mortgage each month, paying the bills and ensuring the private healthcare coverage remains in place throughout the course of treatment.

Is Private Healthcare Right for You?

Deciding whether to invest in private healthcare is solely down to the individual and their family and no one should be influenced into a financial decision they aren’t comfortable with. If you have been considering private healthcare and whether it’s suitable for you, do some further research into the type of treatment you can expect and what your costs will be. Ensure to factor in rising costs as premiums do go up over time, especially as we age, and age-related conditions become more apparent.

Choosing private healthcare is a deeply personal choice but is a favourable option with patients who are looking for increased control over their healthcare options. Including the ability to choose the level of care they receive and the opportunity for access to speciality treatments and drugs that may not be available through public healthcare services.

Further information is available on paying for your treatment at the Rutherford Cancer Centres as a self-pay or insured patient.

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