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“Around one in eight (13%) adults reported they had paid for private medical care, with 5% using private insurance and 7% paying for the treatment themselves,” according to a new report by the Office for National Statistics.
Patients also say that waiting for tests or treatment is badly affecting them, including making their illness worse.
The ONS’s report is into how soaring inflation and difficulties accessing NHS care are affecting people’s lives.
Its survey of 2,510 adults across the UK found that one in five were waiting for an appointment, test or treatment at an NHS hospital. Of those in that situation:
Three-quarters said their delay had had either a strongly (34%) or slightly (42%) negative impact on their life: 36% said waiting had made their condition worse - 59% said it had damaged their wellbeing. A third said long waits had affected either their mobility (33%) or ability to exercise (34%)
David Hare, the chief executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With NHS waiting lists at record levels, it is not surprising that more people are paying for private treatment, including those who have never previously considered it... >>>