Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum

The NHS is dealing with all sorts of issues right now from staff shortages to funding problems. Still, many people feel like they have to support the NHS out of a sense of duty. The reality is that you might be doing yourself and the service a huge disservice by doing so.

There is really nothing wrong with going with a private healthcare provider. You’ll get a much better level of service in most cases and it will alleviate the pressure on the public healthcare system. So don’t see switching as a form of betrayal to the service. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should consider switching to private healthcare.

Better atmosphere

One of the first things you will notice when you go through a private healthcare facility’s doors is how different the atmosphere is. The premises will usually be much more luxurious and well maintained. The staff also tend to be more relaxed and happy. That’s because they are nowhere near as overworked as some of the nurses and other professionals working for the NHS.

You can expect to see many more smiles when getting treated in a private clinic. You won’t have to deal with a crowded waiting room either, and the staff will be much more attentive in most cases. Doctors in these facilities also tend to have a much more personal approach to patients since they see fewer of them.

Recovery will be much more comfortable in a private hospital too. You’ll have the chance to have your own private room, which is almost impossible in an NHS-run facility. This will make family visits much more convivial and allow you to enjoy full privacy when you most need it.

Top of the line procedures

Another benefit of going with private healthcare is that you can get some treatments and procedures that you won’t be able to get through the NHS. The NHS has a set of treatments and providers they need to work with, and you will only be able to choose from the treatments they approve. With private healthcare, you can shop around until you find a facility that offers the treatment that you want.

Private healthcare services like the Circle Health Group, for instance, offer some of the latest cutting-edge procedures that you won’t be able to get from the NHS. This healthcare provider has facilities around the country too, so if accessibility was a concern, it doesn’t need to be with them. They have some of the most skilled doctors and they will be willing to sit down with you to look at all sorts of procedures and treatment options.

Short waiting times

You should be able to get serious procedures done pretty fast with the NHS, but things become different when you start looking at elective procedures. You might have to wait up to 18 weeks to get certain procedures done in some cases. This is a long time to wait even if the issue is not life-threatening.

Waiting times for tests can also be an issue. You cannot afford to wait weeks to get a key diagnostic test. You could have to wait for six weeks for certain tests, and if you do have a serious condition, it may deteriorate during that time.

This is why so many people decide to go for private healthcare instead. Unless the facility you go to is overcrowded, which is rarely the case, you should be able to get any procedure done in less than a month and not have to wait more than two weeks for a key test. This could literally make the difference between life and death.

Better doctors

This part is a little bit taboo, but since private healthcare facilities tend to pay more and offer better conditions, they also tend to attract better professionals. That’s just the way it is.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any great doctors at the NHS or that they’re all incompetent. As a matter of fact, some highly skilled doctors decide to work for the NHS because they feel it’s the right thing to do.  But that’s not the case for everyone.

Some doctors may start working for the NHS, gain experience, and then move to a private facility. This means that you as a patient will benefit from all of this expertise. This is one of the reasons why malpractice cases tend to be much less common in private hospitals.

As you can see, there are tons of reasons why moving to private care makes perfect sense for you as a patient. So, before you shun the option because of principles, look at the benefit of moving in detail and know that you’ll actually help the service by moving.

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