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‘I couldn't wait': Britons without health insurance on why they paid to go private

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

As a leading private hospital operator returns to profit, patients explain why they chose to pay for treatment Private hospitals profit from NHS waiting lists Spire Healthcare, one of Britain's leading private hospital operators, has returned to profit after a surge in patients choosing to pay for hip and knee operations. Long waiting lists on the NHS have resulted in more people paying for healthcare themselves. We spoke to three people without health insurance who sought consultations and treatments privately.
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Private hospitals profit from NHS waiting lists as people without insurance pay out

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

As NHS waiting lists reach record levels, more and more patients are paying for ops out of their own pockets Britons without health insurance on why they paid to go private When Fabien needed to have a decayed tooth removed in May, his dentist told him that he would have to wait up to three years to have it done on the NHS. In disbelief, the 27-year-old from Edinburgh rang 50 dental practices but without any luck. He had no choice but to go private. Having lost his job during the pandemic, he was on universal credit and had to borrow the £600 from his family. Fabien is one of a growing...
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