Private Healthcare (Industrial Report) - UK - March 2014
“The private healthcare market faces a year full of change, with the provisional remedies proposed by the Competition Commission following its two-year investigation into the sector potentially marking a shift in the balance of power from private hospital operators to private medical insurers.”
- Angus Handley, Research Analyst
This report answers the following key questions:
- How has falling demand for private medical insurance affected private hospitals?
- What impact will the Competition Commission’s investigation have on the market?
- Is legislation bringing NHS and private care closer together?
- How can insurers broaden the appeal of private medical insurance?
- What role does the private sector have in delivering NHS care?
This report covers the private healthcare sector comprising the provision of healthcare services through private hospitals and clinics, and the private medical insurance sector that is so important to the financing of private medical care. It is estimated that some 67% of the expenditure of the private medical sector is met through private medical insurance.
Private residential care and nursing care for the elderly is covered in a separate report also available from MBD and published quarterly. Other related reports published by MBD include the UK occupational healthcare market.
The private healthcare sector operates alongside the publicly available system operated by the NHS. There is a strong inter-relationship between the two systems and the private sector relies on NHS consultants for some 85% of its medical manpower. The development of the private sector is to a large extent reliant upon NHS consultants being available to undertake private work.
The DoH also encourages the NHS to utilise private healthcare facilities where this offers an economic opportunity. For this reason the sector incorporates a number of different scenarios in addition to the publicly financed and public supply health services:
- Publicly financed/private supply
- Privately financed/public supply
- Privately financed/private supply
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