In the UK, both private and NHS GPs provide frontline medical services to the general population. UK and EU nationals who reside in the UK are both eligible for free access to NHS healthcare services. While the NHS is often praised in comparison to the healthcare systems available in other countries, many still opt for private GP services or private specialists. When it comes to planning for family care it is important to understand which options are available utilise. Below we go into some of the ways to plan for your family’s care.
Understand the health needs of your family
Initially, it is important to take stock of the health of your family and what needs are currently required, what will be required in the future, and what might be required. This is entirely specific to your family and their needs but from there you will be able to plan the best course of care.
Understanding dependency on locations
In today’s modern and busy world, many of us simply do not have the time to return to our home town if we feel unwell. Rather than delaying a GP visit until it is more convenient, often private GPs can see you away from home at a time that suits you.
Explore the options available
While the NHS is available to the general population, it isn’t the only option for healthcare in the UK and in some instances might not be the option depending on your health needs. For example, if you or your family need to be seen at short notice then a private service might be the best option given their short waiting times and prompt service.
Discuss with an expert
When planning the care needs of your family it is also important to speak with a specialist who can give sound advice and address points you need. Feeling comfortable with who you discuss this with is of the utmost importance and therefore seeking private GP services gives you the ability to choose a clinician of your preference.
Looking into cost and payment options
When exploring care options, cost is also a factor to consider. Private payments are accepted but you may want to check with your health insurance provider first to see if you are covered for any part of your consultations, investigations or treatments.
In addition, if you are given a private prescription to collect at the pharmacy, This requires you to pay for the cost of the medication, rather than the flat fee provided by NHS services.