Paying to be seen quicker

According to Simplyhealth, 59% of people say they would consider paying to be seen privately if it meant they were diagnosed quicker.

New research suggests that concerns about cost, waiting times and access to healthcare are driving people to seek private alternatives to the NHS. Just over half believe that they will need to wait longer for treatment than ever before and 45% agree that government changes may mean that they are denied treatment altogether by the NHS

9% pay for private medical insurance themselves and 19% have employers that cover the costs for them. 12% have dental insurance and 6% have a health cash plan.

Raman Sankaran for Simplyhealth comments: "Private access is not only available to the more affluent. Affordable health cash plans help to supplement the NHS with access to a number of everyday healthcare needs. For a small amount a month, individuals can gain faster access to diagnosis and treatment."

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