The changing face of healthcare in the UK
Coronavirus has changed every aspect of our lives: how we work, how we shop and how we socialise.
It also appears to be changing how we look after our health. According to a recent national survey* a growing number of people in the UK are considering taking out private medical insurance, with 27% of those polled saying they have thought about paying privately for healthcare, compared with only 15% before the pandemic struck.
The NHS response to the coronavirus outbreak has been heroic. The skill and dedication of hospital staff has saved many lives. But to enable the health service to meet the unprecedented demand caused by Covid-19, many specialist treatments and routine operations had to be postponed. And concern over lengthening NHS waiting times is the main reason why people are now thinking about taking out private medical insurance.
Of the 1,000 people questioned for the survey three-quarters said it was long NHS waiting lists that was their main concern, while 67% were worried about the NHS being able to promptly deliver routine care.
Private health insurance can't prevent you from falling ill. But it does offer the peace of mind that comes from knowing that in the event you do need medical care you will be diagnosed and treated in the quickest possible time. And in these uncertain times that is something that many people seem happy to pay for.
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* Consumer Intelligence survey