The fallacy of opting for private healthcare | Letter


It was no surprise to learn that increasing numbers of people are turning to private healthcare because of NHS waiting lists (Fears of ‘two-tier’ system as NHS waiting lists prompt more people to go private, 27 October), but I was genuinely shocked that the retired NHS worker that you quoted felt she was somehow helping others by paying for her hip surgery.

While fully sympathising over the difficult situation she faced with osteoarthritis, I feel she was wide of the mark in suggesting that her going private “might free up a space for somebody who couldn’t do that”. The vast majority of orthopaedic surgeons operating privately also work in the NHS, where, if they worked full-time, the waiting lists in their specialty would be markedly reduced.
David Hinchliffe
Former chair, Commons health committee



READ SOURCE

READ  UK ‘spends a third less on health than other Western nations with NHS getting a third less cash per patient’

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here