Private healthcare still relevant for many conditions, claims National Friendly
With so much emphasis on Covid-19 it would be easy for us to forget that the UK population is still suffering with normal everyday ailments such as hernia repairs, cartilage repairs and musculoskeletal problems. Added to this, it is more difficult than ever to have quality time with your local GP.
National Friendly, the specialist over 50s provider of healthcare and later life care insurance, believes private health insurance can still play a role in the treatment of many short-term, curable conditions. The current situation is a cause for concern and many believe it will now get worse, as hospitals address all the missed operations and appointments which have accrued during the Covid-19 crisis.
The scale of the problem is highlighted in a report prepared by Laing Buisson before the Covid-19 outbreak. The report claims that more than 660,000 patients had already waited beyond the NHS's 18-week waiting time target for non-urgent surgery.
Wayne Carter, Head of Sales and Marketing at National Friendly, highlighted the dilemma of many when he observed that, "With many UK private hospitals not taking on new in-patients because they simply cannot, what some forget is a private medical insurance policyholder can still access some aspects of private healthcare when they need it." Private hospitals are now changing their messaging to reflect that they are open for new referrals and are offering online consultations to patients, offering tests, diagnosis and face to face consultations to those deemed most in need.
National Friendly has separate Optimum policies for out-patient and in-/day-patient cover which can be purchased individually or together, offering greater flexibility for policyholders' healthcare needs.
They also include a versatile benefit available through their new partnership with Medical Solutions, which gives policyholders the ability to see a private GP virtually and quickly without having to leave their homes, or to have fast access to a specialist.
People will be well aware of the difficulties in trying to make an appointment with their local GP. National Friendly believes that this additional benefit is not only invaluable during this current time but also for the foreseeable future.
For more information, please visit www.nationalfriendly.co.uk.