Private healthcare has various advantages over National Health Service:
In private health sector, there are many trained and experienced consultants to provide you specialized medical treatment, while under National Health Service, many a times you would be treated by junior practitioners who are either undertaking their training or lack sufficient experience to efficiently cope with your medical condition.
The private practitioners prescribe the best possible medication or treatment to their patients in accordance with their preferences. On the other hand, NHS medical professionals consider various factors such as clinical costs, the number of patients and other NHS priorities while prescribing treatment for their patients.
Moreover, you can choose where, and when you are going to see your private physician or undergo some surgery – there is no such choice in National Health Service.
Private health sector also gives you the option to select a medical consultant for your treatment, while in National Health Service such decisions are made by your GP. It is really a great edge if you could select your doctor whois of your gender, language and culture.
Cleanliness and good maintenance of private health-care facilities also stands it apart. As compared with NHS health institutes, you would find more pleasing environment in private sector buildings.
In addition to all above-mentioned benefits, instant healthcare availability is another boon of private hospitals. Unlike in National Health Service, you don’t have to wait in long lines for seeing your consultant and undergoing surgeries.
Recommendation to consultants:
You do not need any recommendation to visit a dentist, GP, counselor, optician or physiotherapist. You can see such professionals directly. In private sector, most of medical consultants won’t require you have any GP’s recommendation to see you onlyif you have your registration with some GP who can give you adequate after-care once being discharged by the consultant.
However, NHS consultants might require GP’s recommendation. If you have any problem getting GP’s recommendation to a consultant, our health gurus are there to help you out. You can also register with a GP through an online form on our website.
Who regulates private health-careprofessionals?
The ‘General Medical Council’ is in charge of all GP’s, doctors and consultants, whether they work privately or under National Health Service.
It is the duty of GMC (General Medical Council) to ensure that a medical practitioner has completed his training course successfully, and that he has sufficient experience and skills to practice in his specialty. If GMC comes to know that a doctor is guilty of some medical malpractice or he is not sufficiently qualified for clinical practice, his license to work would be instantly cancelled and his registration with GMC also becomes nullified. We keep our website information updated in view of GMC’s rulings – as soon as GMC dismisses a doctor we remove his name from our data records.
All dentists, on the other hand, work under ‘General Dental Council’, which is an authority like ‘General Medical Council’ and ensures if the dentists are competent and qualified to practice in the field. As to optometrists and opticians, they are authorized by ‘General Optical Council’.
Moreover, there is a ‘Health Professional Council’ to regulate chiropodists, physiotherapists, language and speech therapists, and dieticians.
In case you receive some unsatisfactory medical care by a practitioner listed on this website, we will be delighted to get your opinion and feedback in this regard. If the care you were given did not meet the standards specified by regulatory authority of the field, you can report your complaint here.
If your claim is not settled by the liable practitioner, you can take help from our health gurus, who are always there to assist you in such matters.