An article on website Private Healthcare UK looks at what to expect over the next 8 years in London healthcare in its feature ‘London Private Healthcare in 2025’.
The report identifies the rise in ‘self-pay’ – clients seeking treatment privately rather than on the NHS.
LaingBuisson data shows that the non-cosmetic self-pay market has risk from £369m in 2003 to £623m in 2017 – a rise of nearly 70% in 12 years.
Self-pay is popular with those who are busy and wish to schedule surgery, as well as those who are not prepared to wait for treatment.
NHS waiting times have started to slip and paying privately is an option for those who want earlier treatment.
Yet another factor in favour of the private sector is is patient satisfaction. The private sector consistently rank about the NHS for Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS).
3 major new private hospitals are planned for London, expanding the availability and choice:
- Nuffield London, EC1, adjacent to St Bart’s, West Smithfield (cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery)
- Cleveland Clinic, Grosvenor Place, opposite Green Park (with ICU and radiology)
- Schön Klinik, Wigmore Street (treating orthopaedics, neurology, spinal and eating disorders)
Private Healthcare London
One company that has witnessed the growing trend for self-pay in London is The Smart Clinics, which offers private GP services in a choice of two London clinics based in Brompton Cross and Wandsworth.
The Smart Clinics’ Private GPs provide a readily available healthcare service with generous appointment times and no waiting lists. They also offer dentistry a range of other private health services for their patients.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Patients are also welcome on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
The company was founded in 2013 is an independent company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare.
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