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PHIN Analysis of Activity in UK Private Health Care Sector

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An analysis of PHIN national dataset, identifies the key trends happening in the private healthcare sector for the end of 2021. Highlights include:

  • Total activity is back to pre-pandemic levels, with providers reporting almost 198,000 private patient admissions.
  • Self-pay market continues to drive growth. The self-pay market continues to grow comparative to before the pandemic. For the latest reported quarter there were 69,000 self-pay admissions, which represents a 39% rise compared to the same quarter in 2019. At the same time, the number of people receiving treatment on an insured basis continues to be below 2019 levels.
  • Self-pay trends for common procedures: People seeking cataract surgery on a self-pay basis was up to 12,700 in the latest reported quarter, an increase of 56% on the same quarter in 2019. Although activity volumes are lower for hip and knee replacements compared with cataract surgery, both continue to see triple digit growth of 141% and 111% respectively.

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