What you need to know about self pay

23 April 2013

With the NHS coming under increasing pressure, more and more patients are considering self pay.

If you're sat on the fence, here are a few things you should know about the system which could help you make your decision.

A quicker service

Demand for the NHS means waiting times for diagnosis and treatment are long, but with self pay patients can access the best clinical expertise when they want and where they want.

It's affordable

The perceived cost of private healthcare often puts people off, but it is actually quite affordable. With a simple one-off payment or a payment spread over a few months, people can access the care services they want.

You don't need insurance

Health insurance is a great thing to have but you don't need it to benefit from self pay. With Spire's one-off private treatment, patients only pay for what they need, with no monthly premiums and no policy tie-ins. What's more, it doesn’t matter if you have a pre-existing condition.

A bespoke service

Self pay enables patients to choose the care that's right for them, when and where they want it.

Spire has a national network of first-class, state of the art hospitals, offering a high standard of treatment. Your time at the hospital is also made better through access to good food and enhanced privacy. There is even a la carte food from an on-site chef!

All private rooms have en suite bath or shower facilities and there are unlimited visiting hours.

Cleanliness is a priority

Cleanliness and hygiene are assured with self-pay and Spire's award-winning hospitals have the highest possible standards.

With constant horror stories about hospital bugs, this is important for patient and visitor peace-of-mind.

Personalised care

From your initial appointment, you will be placed with a consultant that will stay with you through your care and treatment.  This means you know your doctor is aware of your history and your desired outcome from a procedure.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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