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Private GP vs NHS GP

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  • Medically Reviewed By: Dr Farzad Entikabi MB BS MSc MRCS(Eng) MRCGP DFSRH
Private GP London NHS GP

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At Prime Health Partners we are committed to providing our community and beyond, with quality, accessible healthcare from experienced GP’s and specialists.

We pride ourselves on being London’s most accessible private medical practice. Our founding doctors are passionate about creating a warm and supportive environment where you can access the in-house expertise needed for yours and your family’s wellbeing.

Making an informed choice about your healthcare can be overwhelming, in this blog we will explore the differences and similarities between Private GP and NHS GP practices, allowing you to make an informed decision on, what is the best option for you.

The National Health Services

The introduction of The National Health Service (NHS) came at a critical time, over 70 years ago, with the idea that healthcare would no longer be exclusive to those who could afford it but to make it accessible to everyone.

The revolutionary change was backed by many physicians across the country, who agreed the current healthcare system was insufficient and in need of change.

Since its introduction, the NHS has adapted and changed to suit the health needs of the general public offering a comprehensive, vital and caring healthcare system, which we as a country are extremely proud of.

So Why Go Private?

Over the years the NHS has provided for the health needs of the nation exceptionally well.

However, given there have always been limited budgets and resources, on the background of ever-increasing cost pressures and demand which can impact how and what services can be provided, some patients do choose private healthcare to support their needs.

At Prime Health Partners it is our aim to offer world class accessible private health care to those who want/need it, working alongside the NHS and not against it.

Private GP vs NHS GP Services

Many people wonder if private healthcare is simply better than the NHS. While there are definite advantages to going private, the truth is the high standard of care should be the same.

All doctors in the UK, both private and NHS, are bound by the same high standards of regulations and practice evidence based medicine.

In fact, many doctors, including our own GP’s Dr Farzad Entikabi and Dr Rebecca Hayes, work simultaneously within the NHS and in private healthcare settings. Doctors provide the same standard of care regardless of where they are.

With that being said, the overall treatment experience of Private GP and healthcare services can be of faster access, better facilities, and a wider range of available treatment options.

Our Private GP facilities are modern and comfortable, with fast access to longer and more personalised consultations. There are a range of enhanced services in house and direct referrals to further specialist services in the private sector.

The Right Choice For You

The purpose of Private healthcare is not to undermine or compete with the NHS, but to give patients the option to choose what is best for them.

Choosing to visit a private GP does not affect your eligibility for NHS treatment and you are free to make choices with any/all medical treatments and referrals.

At Prime Heath Partners we are here to help you, if you are interested in Private medical care but are unsure how to proceed. Our GPs are also practicing NHS GPs who can advise you on available options and further help you to understand the sometimes complex journey in the NHS.

For Private healthcare you can simply pay for your consultations/treatment as and when you need it. Alternatively, you can invest in your own health insurance. You may also be able to access private healthcare via your employer or a third-party sponsor. If you already have health insurance, please consult with your provider to find out exactly what is included in your cover, to prevent any surprise medical bills.

If you are interested in visiting a Private GP in London or if you would like any further information regarding the services and treatments we offer please get in touch.

We look forward to welcoming you at Prime Health Partners.

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