What is fueling the increased demand for private healthcare?


If there is one thing that we all value it is our health and over recent years this has resulted in an increase in the number of people opting for private healthcare insurance. Recent research from healthcare consultancy LaingBuisson revealed that within the UK, 5 million individuals now have private healthcare insurance.

But what is driving the surge in demand for private healthcare?

The team at Medigest believes that this is due to four factors; choice, speed, flexibility and lower infection rates. We have created the infographic below to highlight just some of the differences between private and NHS healthcare to help you make an informed decision about your options.

One of the most obvious differences between private and NHS treatment is choice. The ability to select the practitioner who is right for you, based on experience or the location of the treatment, can make all the difference to you and your family.

Waiting times are another key factor resulting in people opting for private healthcare. Not only did the number of people waiting for diagnostic treatment increase by 0.5% in 2016, the maximum wait for non-urgent consultant led treatment in the NHS is 18 weeks. When compared to waiting just days for a consultation in the private healthcare sector it is no wonder so many people are opting to take control of their health by taking out private healthcare insurance.

And finally, with many private hospitals reporting 0% infection rates when it comes to MRSA it is no surprise that individuals are incredibly keen to undergo procedures in these establishments.

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Please note statistics came from the following sources: