A Guide to Going Private: Simple Facts Patients Need to Know About Private Hospitals

With the right personal healthcare facility, you are assured of faster access to treatments, more freedom in choosing where and when you want to be treated, and a better choice of health consultant — options that may not be available in National Health Services (NHS).

Medical Insurance: A Requirement?

Some people have personal healthcare only because their employer offers this kind of health insurance as a bonus. However, the truth is you need not have medical insurance to receive personal healthcare treatment. Many private hospitals accept patients even without medical insurance. They have to pay directly for the treatment, and this is known as “self-paying” treatments. Many companies offer fixed price schemes or loans for surgeries at these facilities for this purpose. This makes personal treatment available to everyone.

However, it is necessary to compare what each healthcare facility has to offer before you choose one for your treatment. Each facility will have a different method of caring for the patients. Specialists’ services offered and the location of the facility are important factors to consider. Many online guides available will help you compare and choose the right facility that will suit your needs.

A team of health professionals from the UK, The Wells Suite, offers the following questions you need to ask to help you make an informed decision:

  • Does the facility specialise in the kind of treatment you need?
  • Does the facility have a good patient satisfaction score?
  • Does the facility meet the necessary accreditation and quality standards?
  • Should something go amiss, are intensive care units available?
  • Is the support service after operation adequate?

Once you choose a good facility, then you can rest assured that you will receive the best treatment with adequate after care. Many specialised surgeries and procedures available at these facilities may not be accessible to NHS patients. At personal healthcare facilities, cosmetic surgery, organ transplants, sex change operations, dialysis, and other major treatments are all available.