Seven million patients were waiting to start treatment at the end of August, with over 380,000 having been on the list for over a year.
This means one out of every 18 people on the waiting list is waiting over 12 months to begin treatment.
Figures also showed that 2,646 people had been waiting over two years to begin routine hospital treatment at the end of August, slightly down from 2,885 the previous month and markedly down from a peak of 23,778 in January this year.Don’t get caught in NHS waiting lists - Apply Now
People choose Private Medical Insurance, sometimes called PMI, for a variety of reasons. It could be that you’re starting a family and want the best care for your children. Or you just want to know that you’ll get quick access to healthcare when you need it. Alternatively, for those in later life, there’s the reassurance of speedy diagnosis, advanced treatments, as well as being given priority for knee and hip replacements. What’s more, you’ll get your own en-suite room during any recovery stay.
So, when’s the best time to compare your private healthcare options? Right now. Most medical plans exclude pre-existing conditions, which means you should consider the merits of private care when you’re healthy. And if you then need treatment for illness or injury, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that it’ll be available without the need to queue. There’s no obligation to take out a policy when you get a quote, but it’s always wise to know your options.