PMI vs NHS Wait Times: Striking the Balance for Clients' Health

“Two sides of the same coin in the UK healthcare system”

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Emma Vaughan, head of protection and health solutions at SimplyBiz, reviews how private medical insurance works to fill in the gaps left by the current state of the NHS and where clients can ultimately gain further access to healthcare privately, albeit with the caveat of attached costs.

The NHS is renowned for providing free healthcare to its citizens, however the issue of long waiting times for treatments and surgeries has plagued the system for years, which has ramped up in the past 18 months with recent reports suggesting there were 7.74 million people on a waiting list at the end of August. This has inevitably led many individuals to explore private medical insurance (PMI) as an alternative. The NHS is a source of national pride in the UK, offering comprehensive healthcare coverage to all residents, regardless of their income or social status. However, the gro...

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