A survey of GPs on behalf of Spire Healthcare.
Date Published: 14 Mar 2013
Categories: Health | Professionals | Public Sector | Social | UK
Survey suggests many patients are turning to the private sector in the face of rising hospital waiting times
Survey results released today have revealed that almost half of GPs (48%) say they have seen waiting lists for hospital referrals rise, and two in five (41%) say they have seen an increase in the number of patients asking about self-pay treatment options compared to a year ago. These results suggest that many patients are turning to private self-pay treatment options as a response to increasing hospital waiting times.
Interestingly, younger GPs are more likely than older GPs to agree that they have seen an increase in the number of patients turning to self-pay treatment options. Half (50%) of those aged 30 – 39 say they agree, compared with 38% of those aged 40 – 49 and 29% of those aged 50 – 59.
The GP survey, commissioned by Spire Healthcare, also suggests that GPs have faith in the private healthcare sector. Half of GPs (50%) think the private sector offers good value for money for patients who seek self-pay treatment or use their private medical insurance.
ComRes interviewed 1009 GPs in the UK online between 12th to 18th December 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of GPs in the UK. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.