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Self pay patients are likely to increase in the UK as waiting lists lengthen and medical insurance prices rise

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3852
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

More patients are losing confidence in the NHS and will increasingly look to pay directly for surgery, cancer drugs, and other treatments, a report on the private health sector has found.1

It said that the market in self paying patients was heading for “double digit growth” over the next few years and that this was fuelled by longer NHS waiting lists, curbs on access to NHS treatments, and rising private medical insurance premiums. Prices were becoming more “transparent,” it said, as healthcare providers were investing in “the only part of the private healthcare sector to show sustainable growth.”

But the report found “increasing …

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