Pollard, Managing Director, Private Healthcare UK
Updated: 1 February 2012
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Private medical insurance: Market size
- In January 2011, 11.1% of the UK population had private
medical insurance. So, around 6.9 million people.
- The number of insured has fallen after steady growth. In
January 2009, 12.4% of the UK population had private medical insurance. This is
due to redundancies caused by the recession and a reduction on corporate paid
PMI, and the squeeze on domestic budgets.
- The number of policies is around 3.96 million.
- The number of employer funded policies has fallen by 8% to
2.95 million. The number of self-funded policies has fallen by 9.5% to 1.01
- Around £4,177 million is spent on PMI.
Private medical insurance: Cost
- The cost of cover per subscriber has risen by 7.6% since
- The average annual premium is £1,092.
Private acute healthcare market
- Total market is £7,186 milllion (includes medical, surgical
and mental health hospitals and clinics). Of this:
- £5,076 million is from independent surgical and mental
- £474 million is from NHS private patient facilities
million is fees for consultants and specialists
Private hospital sector:
- Private hospitals generated revenues of around £3.8 billion
in 2010. There was no growth in revenues compared to 2009.
- 59% (£2.3 million) of private hospital revenue in 2010 was
generated by private medical insurance or medical expenses schemes, compared to
65% in 2005.
- 25% (£957 million) of private hospital revenue was generated
from NHS funded patients, compared to 14% in 2005.
- 14% (£534 million) of private hospital revenue is generated
from self pay patients.
- Around 2% (£90 million) of private hospital revenue was
generated from overseas patients.
- There were 515 independent medical hospitals at mid-2011,
compared with 454 in mid-2010. This includes 211 private hospitals with
inpatient beds and 304 day surgery units.
- The 211 private
hospitals provide offer 9,545 inpatient beds.
NHS private patient income
- 73 private patient units (PPUs) within NHS hospitals compete
for a slice of the private healthcare market.
- NHS income from treating private patients in 2011 was
£445million (around 8% of private and NHS private income combined), down from £474
million in 2010.
Useful areas of the Private Healthcare UK site
The Private Healthcare blog
Keith Pollard of Private Healthcare UK writes a blog on
Background to Treatment Abroad
Treatment Abroad is the UK’s busiest medical tourism site and
is located at www.treatmentabroad.com. It
is owned by Intuition Communication Ltd.
We receive over 1,500 enquiries each month from people
seeking treatment abroad.
The site was set up around 6 years ago, in response to
enquiries from people in the UK and from clinics/hospitals overseas wanting to
promote themselves to UK patients. It is a sister site to our main site,
Private Healthcare UK – www.privatehealthcare.co.uk
– which is the UK’s
main portal for private treatment and has been around since 1997.
We also publish a business to business online journal in
Intuition is not a medical tourism agency. Intuition is a
specialist web publishing company in the health care sector. We also own the Harley Street Guide, Surgery Door, and other
healthcare information sites such as Cancer
Advice, and Self
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