Video launched to promote private healthcare

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has launched a short video on YouTube to help patients navigate private healthcare, setting out the options available. 

The five-minute clip explains how to access private healthcare, mixing and matching NHS and private healthcare, how to choose a private doctor or healthcare provider, and how to pay for private healthcare.

The video will be promoted by members of IHPN which deliver both NHS and privately funded patient care, and IHPN and the Patients Association are also encouraging patients to make use of the Care Quality Commission and Private Healthcare Information Network websites, which provide further details about independent healthcare providers across England.

David Hare, chief executive of IHPN, said: “With increasing numbers of people choosing to pay privately for healthcare – including those who would never have previously considered doing so – it’s vital that the public have access to simple, impartial information on the basics of how private healthcare works and what options are available to them. We are therefore delighted to have worked with the Patients Association on developing these new resources for patients with everything they need to know about private healthcare – helping support people to make the best possible decisions around their treatment.”

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, added: “We have always believed patients should be able to exercise choice when it comes to treatment. When people are considering private healthcare, it’s important that they understand how they access it, how they choose any hospital or provider, and how private care will fit in to care they receive from the NHS.”

Click here to watch the video

Date published: March 28, 2022

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