Better get clear on transparency

Anne Coyne

Independent Practitioner Today talked with Anne Coyne, consultant relationship manager for the Private Healthcare Information Network, about how her team has been helping 14,000 private healthcare consultants submit fee data in the lead-up to this month’s start of fees going live on its website

Since early January, the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has been asking consultants to provide it with information about the fees they charge to their private self-pay patients. 

Consultants must provide this information as a requirement of Article 22 of the Competition and Markets Auth­ority (CMA) order, which followed a long-running inquiry into private healthcare. 

According to Ms Coyne, the team has been encouraged by the number of consultants coming forward so far and this shows doctors’ commitment to make healthcare costs more transparent and easier to understand. 

She said over 3,000 consultants had submitted some fee information and the aim was to publish this on the PHIN portal by the end of this month.

The fee information required at this point are for:

  • The fees charged to self-pay patients for initial consultations;
  • Follow-up consultations; 
  • Those procedures consultants perform routinely.