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Self-pay soars to £1.1bn

By Robin Stride Independent practitioners are being exhorted to seize new opportunities in 2020 as the market enters a new decade of price transparency and consumer choice.  The advice comes as a new report reveals:  One in four private patients now self-fund their treatment;  Self-pay revenue grew an average of 7.4% a year […]

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Experts dismiss election fix for pension tax woes

By Edie Bourne Doctors caught out by changes to pension contribution limits are suspicious of a pre-general election promise that they will have their tax paid for them by the NHS – albeit for the current tax year only.  The emergency measure, which is no help to doctors’ private pensions, promised to allow clinical staff […]

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Quiz insurer, patients told

By Olive Carterton A BMA guide for patients thinking of taking out private medical insurance advises it is crucial they and their GP have free choice of consultant with the right to top-up fees if they exceed the insurance reimbursement. People should also have the option of choosing the hospital where they receive treatment an, […]

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e-bills boosting cash flow

Independent practitioners can boost their cash flow and offer a better service by using an online patient e-billing and payment system developed by Healthcode and Patient Zone.  The service gives practices a more efficient way to charge self-pay patients and recharge insurance shortfalls.

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Spinal robot is first in UK

By Edie Bourne HCA Healthcare UK’s London Bridge Hospital is the first in the UK to offer the revolutionary ExcelsiusGPS Robotic Navigation System to patients needing spinal surgery. It said the new technology raised the bar of minimally invasive surgery capabilities to provide improved accuracy, reduced procedure times, significantly shorter recovery periods and lower complication […]

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Gastro specialists start big expansion

By Olive Carterton Up to nine new consultant-funded specialty day case clinics are set to open in 2020 in Welbeck Street, London, at the OneWelbeck Digestive Health site, which opened its doors last Autumn. Welbeck Health Partners (WHP) has 90 doctors who have invested over £7m of £20m total funding for the venture, with another […]

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Hospital groups unite to tackle prostate cancer

The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East has announced a collaboration with Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital to aid treatment of prostate cancer radiotherapy patients. A new oncology pathway for the region introduced by the Rutherford centre for its patients means prostate cancer patients can now have local access to hydrogel spacers which reduce radiation exposure during […]

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Shrinking market spurs competition

By Robin Stride Private hospitals and clinics face a big challenge to stimulate more demand as new hospitals compete with each other on price and quality, especially in London, a market analyst warns. Philip Blackburn, author of LaingBuisson’s latest Private Acute Healthcare UK Market Report, forecasts nominal revenue growth of around 2-2.5% in the next […]

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Guidance to doctors on prescribing remotely

Good practice guidance covering remote consultations and prescribing has been issued by medical bodies to help protect patient safety and welfare when accessing medication online or over the phone. The ten principles, including prescribing to patients overseas, have been co-authored and agreed by bodies including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and GMC. GMC chief […]

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Unified index of doctors

By a staff reporter All UK independent hospitals will have access to accurate information about their consultants by using what is billed as a ground-breaking online register of independent practitioners.  Medical IT company Healthcode plans to complete its roll-out of The Private Practice Register (The PPR) to over 300 independent hospitals and NHS private patient […]

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