We understand that private healthcare can be expensive, and that's why we offer flexible payment options in conjunction with Chrysalis Finance. This makes private healthcare more affordable than you think. We work with Chrysalis Finance to provide payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of treatment over time. The United Kingdom has a universal health system called the National Health Service (NHS).
It is one of the largest public health systems in the world and serves an average of 1 million people every 36 hours. The NHS standardizes healthcare costs in every region of the UK, and many items are free, including medications prescribed to hospital patients. However, due to long waiting times, more and more UK citizens are turning to private healthcare. This is especially true for expats and digital nomads who need immediate or emergency care.
Private health insurance is an option, but you can also pay for your own treatment (self-payment). If you choose to pay on your own, you can take advantage of our flexible payment options, which allow you to spread the cost to make it more affordable. You can find more information about our flexible payment options here. The main criticisms of the UK healthcare system in the 21st century are that the NHS is under pressure and doesn't work as well as it used to.
The NHS is known for its long wait times in both emergency rooms and offices with scheduled appointments. With recent pressures on the NHS, including reduced funding and staff shortages, these waits are longer than ever. The NHS is working to reduce waiting times and general visits for emergency care. However, the COVID pandemic has made this goal more difficult to achieve.
There are more waiting times to get referrals to specialists, and these wait times are long enough to affect patients' health. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each have their own NHS health system. For example, if you live in London (England) for six months and work in the National Health Service (NHS), you'll pay £9.35 per prescription drug. If you move to Edinburgh, Scotland, you'll now be in a different healthcare system from the UK - your prescriptions will be free. If you're moving within the country and need regular medical care, keep track of these differences.
Your family doctor (general practitioner) will be able to help you. With long waiting times from the NHS, many adults have had to seek private care to get the care they need on time. Most specialists cost between 80 and 250 pounds per appointment. Private hospitals tend to focus on providing services that are not available through the NHS or that require shorter wait times than those offered by the NHS. If you have an NHS number and a general practitioner, you can go to NHS care for everything from emergency room visits to preventive measures and ongoing treatment programs such as chemotherapy. If you are outside the NHS system, you should go to private offices and clinics or be prepared to pay for care from NHS providers such as an emergency room. You can also make an appointment with a specialist in private practice.
Look for private healthcare systems where you pay for healthcare services yourself - this is often a good option for expats living in the UK who need immediate or emergency care. We understand that private healthcare can be expensive, but with our flexible payment options it doesn't have to be! We work with Chrysalis Finance to provide payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of treatment over time - making private healthcare more affordable than you think.