As NHS waiting lists continue to grow, is PMI the answer? Here we explore more.
On Sunday 26 September, the Health Foundation highlighted that NHS waiting lists could be twice as long as previously thought, with up to 10 million people facing treatment delays*.
With the NHS continuing to battle with Covid-19 and the inevitable delays the pandemic has caused, the number of patients waiting continues to rise. The pandemic has affected all areas of the NHS from GP appointments through to post-operation care, it is likely to take many years for the NHS to recuperate from the impact Covid-19 has cause and will continue to do so for the foreseeable.
It therefore begs the question that could Private Medical Insurance (PMI), save the NHS and save lives?
Recent data published by NHS England from June 2021 showed the number of people waiting to start treatment is the highest it has been since records began in August 2007. With more people having the confidence to seek medical advice in recent months, the waiting list is growing. Back in May 2021, it topped 5.45 million, up from 5.3 million in May. And now it’s estimated that up to 10 million people are stuck waiting treatment.
Since restrictions started to lift across the UK, Covid-19 cases have been on the rise. With winter fast approaching and the increased pressure the NHS will be under with all winter bugs along with Covid-19, these waiting times will come under further pressure.
The institute of Fiscal Studies have warned that this could rise even further, and the waiting list could be as high as 14 million by the end of 2022, leading to the question will the NHS ever recover?
Private health insurance could give the NHS the helping hand it deserves and this, in turn, can protect you and your family from the inevitable NHS waiting lists. We will all need the NHS at some point in our lives and the global pandemic has shown more than ever why it is so important.
Private Health insurance comes in many different shapes and sizes, from covering diagnosis, fully comprehensive cover for diagnostics and treatment, as well as many other options in between. A key benefit to having health insurance is Digital GP cover, this gives you access to a GP at the end of your phone without the waiting times of the NHS. All these services take pressure off the NHS, whilst making sure you and your family have the peace of mind that you will be seen quickly and at a time that suits you.
PMI is designed in many cases to support the NHS and not replace it and the price varies depending on your age, postcode, and level of cover. No matter your need or budget there is a policy out there for you and at a time when our health has become so important can you put a price on your health and wellbeing?
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*Article from The Express on NHS waiting lists can be found here.
England.nhs.uk. 2021. Statistics » Consultant-led Referral to Treatment Waiting Times Data 2020-21. [online] Available at: <https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/rtt-waiting-times/rtt-data-2020-21/> [Accessed 24 August 2021].