Is it worth going private for medical care in the UK, or is the NHS up to the job?01 Jul 2005, 08:01 Anonymous
Depends on what's wrong with you and where you are. The quality of care is generally pretty good, but some towns/cities have lousy hospitals. However, for serious operations the NHS will provide good care (sometimes it will even be the same surgeon operating if you go private).
If you have something seriously wrong, then the best thing to do is get a referral to a specialist under the NHS and see what the situation is. If you are told it may take a long time to get it fixed, then think about going private.Anonymous 02 Jul 2005, 05:48 - Report
Essentially there is no difference between private and public doctors. You will find that your NHS doctor will quite probably also run a private practice. To his private patients he will not improve his service, but they are unlikely to have to wait anywhere near as long as you might need to for your publicly provided healthcare.Anonymous 06 Jul 2005, 07:02 - Report
One of the main benefits of private insurance is the fast service. Also, the company that I represent, Integra Global, Ltd will allow you the flexibilty to choose your doctor, anywhere in the world. So if you are not from the UK, and wish to have a procesure done in your home country, you would call our active nurse that is assigned to you to set up the procedure. The active nurse will call your doctor to pre-certify them for you. Take a look at www.expat-health.com for more information for Expat Health Insurance. Take care! MikeAnonymous 19 Dec 2006, 01:00 - Report