Private Healthcare - UK - July 2015
“With the NHS under increasingly intense budgetary pressure, NHS hospitals may increase their private patient capacity over the coming years to balance the books, unless necessary government funding is provided. Public concerns over the increased privatisation of the NHS, following the implementation of the ‘private sector-friendly’ Health and Social Care Act and the slight increase in NHS funds directed to private providers, has to be carefully managed by the government.”
– Lewis Cone, B2B Analyst
This report will explore the following key questions regarding the private healthcare market in the UK:
- What are the key determinants driving the industry?
- Was the industry affected by the financial crisis and the slow recovery? If so, how has it developed and changed since?
- How have government schemes influenced market demand and supply?
- How has the provision of healthcare services changed over recent times? Has it helped private sector provision?
- What does the future hold for private healthcare services?
This report covers the private healthcare sector, and includes 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 over half of private medical sector expenditure is met through private medical insurance.
Private residential care and nursing care for the elderly is covered in a separate report published annually by MBD. Other related reports published by MBD include the UK occupational healthcare market.
The private healthcare sector operates alongside the publicly available NHS. There is significant inter-relationship between the two systems, with the private sector relying on NHS consultants for a large segment of its medical manpower. The development of the private sector is largely reliant on NHS consultants being available to undertake private work.
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