Private healthcare treatment prices released online

Spire Cheshire Hospital has published the prices of around 75 most common procedures on their website.  Spire Cheshire Hospital is part of Spire Healthcare, which is one of the five largest private hospital groups that have published these prices for the first time, giving patients the opportunity to easily compare the cost of treatments when looking for a treatment in the private sector.

Spire Cheshire Hospital is one of over 150 hospitals across the UK that have published the data.  This comes at a time when the Competition Commission is investigating whether there are any features of the private healthcare market that prevent, restrict or distort competition.

Sian Chandler, Hospital Director for Spire Cheshire Hospital, commented:

“One of Spire Healthcare’s corporate values is ‘Doing the right thing’. The reason Spire Cheshire Hospital is heavily backing and involved in this initiative is because we believe consumers should have all the information necessary, in as clear and comparable a format as possible, for them to make informed decisions about where to have their treatments.

 “An increasing number of patients are now choosing to self-fund their treatment, rather than wait to be treated on the NHS or by contributing to private medical insurance. Patients funding their care in this way now easily have access to all the pricing information they need to help make their decision.

“However, both GPs and patients are cautioned against purely choosing their provider on the basis of price. It is the quality of care which is the paramount factor to consider when choosing a private hospital.”

Spire Cheshire Hospital’s patient satisfaction survey in 2012 showed 98% of patients rated the quality of service from the hospital as ‘excellent’, ‘very good’ or ‘good’ and that 99% of patients felt the care and attention from nurses was ‘excellent’ , very good or ‘good’.
According to data released by the NHS Partners Network earlier this year about hip and knee replacement surgery, Spire Healthcare has the largest number (eight) of hospitals in the top 50 for patient ‘health gain’ following hip replacement, with four Spire hospitals also appearing in the top 50 for patient ‘health gain’ following knee replacement.

In 2012 Spire Healthcare also reported the fewest infections to the Health Protection Agency since its formation in 2007.

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