At the end of August 2022, a record 7 million patients were waiting for routine NHS treatment in England. This is up from 6.8 million at the end of July 2022.
“Twelve years of Conservative understaffing of the health service is holding our economy back, with patients unable to work while they wait. You can’t have a healthy economy without a healthy society.” the Shadow Health Secretary stated.
The NHS aims for a maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments of 18 weeks. However, according to Sky News, 387,257 patients have been waiting for over a year.
NHS waiting lists show little sign of slowing. So it is no surprise that 53% of people in the UK stated they would invest in private health insurance.
Private medical insurance could allow you to avoid these long waiting lists and receive faster access to treatment. You could get your choice of hospital and clinician, and even access to treatments that the NHS does not provide. Get your free, no-obligation quote today to compare some of the top health insurance quotes suitable for your circumstances.
Now is the best time to compare your medical insurance options as some policies exclude preexisting conditions so you should consider the merits while you are healthy. That way, if you need treatment you can have peace of mind knowing that you are covered without the record-long wait times.