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Why Go Self-Pay?

You may have medical insurance and use it frequently. Or you may never have used private healthcare before. It is important to know that there are three levels of health care in the UK: the NHS (National Health Service), private medical insurance and private self-pay. In recent years, many more people have started using private self-pay to access the healthcare they need. Here’s why.

Although the standard of care of the NHS is often very high, the quality varies in different postcodes. There are certain areas of the UK where there just aren’t any surgeons in the NHS who perform adult squint surgery, or who specialise in this area. Furthermore, many patients don’t want to go through the several month long process in the NHS of seeing their GP, getting referred to a local hospital, waiting for an appointment to come through, then waiting for surgery. In addition, when it comes to your eyes, many people feel that they only want their surgery to be done in the most experienced hands of a specialist Consultant. While surgery on the NHS is safe, many operations have trainees involved in certain steps of the surgery. On the NHS, you can’t ask for just the Consultant to do your surgery.

More patients with medical insurance are finding out that it doesn’t always get them access to see the specialists they want. This is because in recent years, many top specialists have disengaged with the insurance companies due to their pricing practices. Most of the time, the Consultant your insurer recommends will be someone who accepts the lower fee that the company is willing to pay. Often this means your insurance is not allowing you to see the top specialists in the field.

With self-pay, you are in control.

You can choose whichever Consultant you wish, including the ones the insurance companies are not willing to afford. You can refer yourself – you don’t need to get a referral from a GP. And you can normally be seen for your first appointment in a matter of a week or two. If you want surgery, that can be arranged usually within a few weeks, all to fit around your schedule. As a self-pay patient, you are accorded the time and service that you expect from premier private health care.

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