Primary healthcare is under pressure in the UK resulting in patient frustration and longer waiting times for an appointment.Getting a GP appointment can be a challenge when you most need it. GPs are under increasing pressure due to the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, a growing elderly population, the rise in chronic illness and the added burden of follow-up administration.
According to a recent Pulse Survey, GPs are working on average 11-hour days which is causing many to burn out and leave the profession or take early retirement.
This has resulted in a chronic shortage of doctors with waiting times for primary care appointments often extending to more than 2 weeks, and secondary care more than 12-18 weeks.
Why Do Patients Opt For Private Healthcare?
There are many reasons why patients may opt for private healthcare. Key considerations include:
- Patient choice.
- A high level of personal care.
- Patients can choose their doctor and are likely to be seen by the same doctor throughout their treatment.
- Treatment will be available without a long waiting list.
- Doctor easily accessible online, anytime, anywhere.