By Spire Healthcare
Page last reviewed: February 2021 | Next review due: February 2022
The private or independent sector provides private medical treatment in the UK. They are separate from the National Health Service (NHS) but work closely in partnership with them.
You can pay for private medical treatment yourself (self-pay), claim through medical insurance or a workplace health scheme.
You can get private treatment for any medical condition by a medical specialist or GP. It could include:
When choosing whether to go private, you should consider:
You are still entitled to free NHS care if you choose to pay for private care. More information is available at nhs.uk.
There are lots of reasons for choosing private healthcare. You might want to get private medical treatment when:
At Spire Healthcare, we offer fast, flexible access to diagnosis and treatment with our nationally and internationally renowned consultants and specialists.