The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (amii) has welcomed a change meaning patients will be able to use the NHS app to opt for private hospital treatment.
It said the push to reduce waiting times relied on more patients opting to use private healthcare and the app would make life easier for those considering a private alternative.
Executive chairman Dave Middleton said: ‘It is pleasing to see steps being taken to support further collaboration between the NHS and the private sector.
‘At a time when the NHS is under unrelenting pressure, the Government has recognised that making the process easier for patients who are open to private healthcare is a key factor in reducing waiting times for routine treatment.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing further details of how it will work in practice for our members.’