Private Acute Healthcare Central London Market Report

 

The report finds that growth for independent hospitals has been underpinned by a resurgence in the embassy market, especially a move back to London of Gulf patients. In this, London has benefited from a corruption scandal in Germany and also from positive efforts to build relationships with organisations and individuals in the Gulf.

It states that Private Patient Units (PPUs) continue to benefit from a strong reputation for specialism for complex patients, perceived higher quality of care and lower prices and this is bringing in business, particularly from private medical insurers which are attracted by the value for money offered.

Both independent hospitals and PPUs are attracting more self-pay patients, though growth continues to be modest. Generally, when patients choose to pay it is for treatments, such as cataracts or orthopaedics, at the lower end of the price range. Otherwise, the trend to ‘mix and match’, e.g. paying for a private scan and then waiting for treatment on the NHS, prevails.

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