Latest figures for private medical activity have brought some encouraging signs for the independent healthcare market.
Dr Ian Gargan, chief executive of the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN), said: ‘The total number of private discharges in quarter 3 (July to September) 2022 was above pre-pandemic levels, showing there’s a high demand for private healthcare.’
Self-pay levels have dropped off slightly while private medical insurance work has increased, but he reported that even with slight reductions over the past three quarters, the self-pay levels were well above those before the pandemic.
‘Many people continue to choose to pay to have procedures – particularly cataract, hip replacement or knee replacement surgery – done privately rather than waiting for treatment on the NHS.’
* Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000. The total may not add as this is calculated using the actual figure then rounded