Survey Results Show GPs Are Saving The NHS Money By Turning To The Private Sector

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Survey results released today by Spire Healthcare have revealed more than half of GPs in the North West (57 per cent) report feeling comfortable when directing patients to private treatment

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Survey results released today by Spire Healthcare have revealed more than half of GPs in the North West (57 per cent) report feeling comfortable when directing patients to private treatment

-Compared with 2011 findings, GPs in the North West of the UK are now significantly more likely to ask patients about private medical insurance

-Over half of GPs in the North West feel comfortable with their role as both provider and commissioner when directing a patient for private treatment

Survey results released today by Spire Healthcare have revealed more than half of GPs in the North West (57 per cent) report feeling comfortable when directing patients to private treatment, irrespective of whether they have private medical insurance. However, one in three GPs (35 per cent) say they still feel uncomfortable about doing this.
The GP survey interviewed 108 GPs from across the North West. In 2011, Spire Healthcare questioned 109 GPs in the North West about whether they were asking more patients if they had private medical insurance compared with six months ago. The results were dramatically different this year.
In 2011, 24 per cent of GPs in the North West said they were asking more patients about private medical insurance, but in a poll conducted in June 2012, this figure has increased to 56 per cent.
Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter, Clinical Services Director for Spire Healthcare, commented:
“GPs can save the NHS a substantial amount of money by encouraging patients to use their private medical insurance. We can demonstrate how a practice with 2,000 patients can save as much as £172,000* per annum by encouraging those with PMI to use it, and this enables GPs to make the most of their NHS budgets.
“It’s good to see more and more GPs asking their patients about private treatment. The private sector has an important role to play working alongside our excellent national healthcare system in the UK.”

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*(1) Sample medical practice - The Elms Practice, Anywhere Street, Anywhere    

Number of GPs in practice:    3
Patients per GP:    2000
PMI penetration for that GP postcode:    16%
Privately insured patients for this practice:    960
National claims rate    12%
Average number of claims for this practice:     115
Average cost for hospital treatment*    1500
Total revenue saving for this practice    £172,800
    

  • based on estimated average cost for hospital treatment

About the GP survey
ComRes interviewed 1015 GPs in the UK online between 21st and 26th June 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of GPs in the UK. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables available at http://www.comres.co.uk

ComRes interviewed 1001 GPs in the UK online between 19th and 25th October 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of GPs in the UK. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables available at http://www.comres.co.uk

About Spire Healthcare

Spire Healthcare is the second largest private hospital provider in the UK, with 37 hospitals and ten clinics nationwide. The company is built on a heritage of almost 30 years’ experience running successful private hospitals and offers a full range of integrated surgical, medical and diagnostic services.

The company was formed from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to private equity company Cinven in 2007, followed by the purchase of Classic Hospitals and Thames Valley Hospital in 2008. Spire has since built Spire Shawfair Park Hospital (Edinburgh) and acquired London Fertility Centre, London Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Centres (rebranded as The Insight Network) and Lifescan. Since Spire was formed, performance improvements have included:

  •     Multiple Independent Healthcare Awards: ‘Innovation’ (2011), ‘Risk Management’ and ‘Nursing Practice’ (2010), ‘Nursing Practice’ (2009), ‘Healthcare Outcomes’ (2008) ‘Infection Control Excellence’ (2007)
  •     Increase in percentage of patients rating Spire ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ - from 87% in 2008 to 91% in 2011*
  •     Increase in percentage of consultant surgeons rating Spire ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ - from 51% in 2008 to 77% in 2011*
  •     Increase in percentage of employees who think Spire is a ‘great place to work’ - from 62% in 2009 to 73% in 2011
  •     EBITDAR uplifts from £127.4m in 2008 to £188.2m in 2011

For further information please visit: http://www.spirehealthcare.com.

*Rating options included ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, ‘quite good’, ‘quite poor’, ‘very poor’ and ‘totally unacceptable’. Survey administered by Howard Warwick Associates in September 2011.

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