Private Acute Healthcare Market Report – 6th Edition


LaingBuisson has published the sixth edition of its Private Acute Healthcare market report, supported by Clyde & Co. The report covers provision of acute medical care services by independent providers, and the provision of private acute medical care services by NHS providers. 

The report found that the overall market contracted in real terms for the second year running as a number of key funding trends stalled: NHS spending on independent sector acute services reduced, medical cover payouts have stagnated and revenues from overseas embassies have dipped.

It also stated that the self-pay market remains strong and is growing well as NHS waiting lists increase, though growth was not sufficient to make up for the shortfall from other funders.

The report says that the market continues to attract operators from overseas, including Schoen Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic, ASI Healthcare and Advanced Oncotherapy, all looking to compete with established operators for business. 

UK private acute hospital providers are looking to expand their service development, diversify and innovate to find new strategies for growth. Particularly noted are partnership strategies which promote consistent care pathways for patients. 

According to Phillip Blackburn, the report author, “The independent healthcare market has clearly faced challenges, as growth in some traditional revenue streams stalled recently. This has prompted some busy strategising by hospital and clinic providers to best position themselves to meet future demand trends. Generally, providers recognise the need to develop their service offering to attract demand and meet changing healthcare needs of the population, including diversification into new areas for some, targeting new customer segments (both here and abroad), and capitalising on healthy interest in what UK private healthcare can offer. There have been more aligned relationships between providers and funders with a shared objective to deliver high quality healthcare services but a crucial need to do so more efficiently to offer affordable private healthcare, both insurance and self-pay.”

“LaingBuisson currently forecasts nominal revenue growth of around 2-2.5% in the next three years for UK private acute medical care (before taking account of economy inflation), which remains modest. With new capacity coming on stream during this time, most focused within central London, independent sector hospitals and clinics will be challenged to stimulate new demand to sustain overall market supply – whether private individuals, corporates, insurers, overseas sponsors or the NHS – and compete effectively and efficiently on price and quality.”

The sixth edition of LaingBuisson’s Private Acute Healthcare UK Market Report is vital reading for anyone involved in this highly competitive sector of the UK health economy, be they providers, investors or advisors to the sector.



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