Finding the right healthcare option for you and/or your loved ones can be a difficult thing. There are many different factors to consider, all of which are important and affect you differently in their own way.
Making the move from public to private healthcare is almost always the best choice to make in most situations, so here are 8 listed reasons that go into detail as to why you should choose private healthcare:
- Private Rooms
- High-end Equipment
- Shorter Waiting Times
- Reasonable Staff-to-Patient Ratio
- Doctor Availability
- Special Offers and Discounts
- Tax Savings
- To Ease the Pressure on the Public Health System
The right private hospital can almost double as a hotel, thanks to higher quality patient care. Patients in private hospitals are treated like true guests as they have the option to have private rooms, ensuite bathroom facilities, better hospital foods, extra visitor room. Some high-end private hospitals even have additional services such as laundry and grooming services (for long-term patients) and more.
There is a recurring problem in public hospitals, that problem being the possibility of acquiring the best available tools and technology. Because the NHS answers directly to the government, there is a much longer and more complicated process to receiving better machinery and tools.
Private hospitals don’t need to go through these many checks; therefore they always have access to the highest quality equipment.
Shorter Waiting Times
No matter what type of medical attention you need, a private hospital will be able to treat you pretty much immediately. Public hospitals always have the problem of waiting times, especially for things like surgeries, as you’ll most likely be placed on a long waiting list.
For example; the wait time for an oral surgery could be months or even a year, but with a private hospital the wait time could only be a small fraction of that time
Reasonable Staff-to-Patient Ratio
In public hospitals, there are usually nurses assigned to a large number of patients, again leaving patients with the feeling of having to wait for basic care.
In private hospitals, there is a good staff-to-patient ratio and no such thing as nurses assigned to dozens (if not hundreds) of patients.
Doctors in public hospitals are seeming more like an urban legend as the strain on the NHS becomes unbearable in recent times. In public hospitals, they are assigned a lot of different tasks, meetings and emergency duties.
Private hospitals have the fluidity and time to focus purely on their patients and not other tasks & duties, as they are only there to look after their patients.
Special Offers and Discounts
A lot of private health insurance companies often have special offers and deals for other products and services, such as gym memberships and health tech (e.g. FitBit). They do this as a sort of reward for health insurance payers staying healthy and on top of health targets, which in turn benefits you in a number of ways.
The way in which public health systems are structured and funded vary from different regions and countries, however a lot of countries offer tax incentives for people to take our private healthcare.
For example, in Australia, people who hold an appropriate level of private hospital cover can receive an exemption from having to pay a public health levy, also known as Medicare Levy Surcharge.
To Ease Pressure on the Public Health System
Many people choose to take out private health insurance because it puts less strain on the NHS, for example. With many governments under increasing pressure to cater for populations, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, many systems are struggling to keep up with demand.
By reducing the strain on the public health system, it frees up funds to upgrade hospitals and benefit the wider community or those who are ‘more deserving’.