The NHS has been an incredible tool in the UK’s arsenal for 73 years, but it has never been under such impending pressure, as the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. This pandemic has affected all areas of the NHS from GP appointments through to post-operation care, this is likely to take many years for the NHS to recuperate from the impact Covid-19 has cause and will continue to do so for the foreseeable.
Recent data published by NHS England from February 2021 showed that at the end of 2020, only 67.8% of patients were seen by a specialist within 18 weeks. However, the average waiting time of 11.2 weeks. With that in mind, the NHS has targeted itself to see 92% of patients within 18 weeks, it is no surprise that that the pandemic has caused significant delays, especially to those needing specialist diagnosis (Statistics » Consultant-led Referral to Treatment Waiting Times Data 2020-21, 2021).
There has been a slow realisation that Covid-19 might become a new winter bug, that we need to contend and live with for years to come, furthermore, it is inconceivable that due to this the recovery time in the NHS will be more than it was ever anticipated, it is more likely that the NHS will have increased pressures for years to come.
The benefits of Private health insurance could give the NHS the helping hand it deserves and this, in turn, can protect you and your family from the enviable NHS waiting lists. We will all need the NHS at some point in our lives and the global pandemic has shown more than ever why it is so important.
Private Health insurance comes in so many different shapes and sizes, from covering diagnosis only through to fully comprehensive cover for diagnostics and treatment, as well as many other options in between. It is designed in many cases to support the NHS and not replace it and the price varies depending on your age, postcode and level of cover. No matter your need or budget there is a policy out there for you and at a time when our health has become so important can you put a price on your health and wellbeing?
England.nhs.uk. 2021. Statistics » Consultant-led Referral to Treatment Waiting Times Data 2020-21.
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