Long NHS waits help drive more patients to pay for private surgery

  • Chris Easom
  • January 27, 2020

The number of British people choosing to pay for private hospital surgery has soared with the total amount spent doubling in six years to £1.1bn. Widespread NHS rationing of treatments and record waiting lists have helped deliver a 7.4 per cent real-terms growth in self-paying patients between 2014 and 2018. Experts forecast the self-pay market for operations will continue to grow from £1.1bn in 2018 to £1.3bn by 2021