London, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 January 2014
An expert on the private healthcare sector has welcomed today’s provisional report from the Competition Commission outlining measures it is considering to improve competition in private healthcare and medical provision.
Keith Pollard, Managing Director of Intuition Communication publishers of http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/ and http://www.GoPrivate.com, the UK’s independent sources of information for patients on private healthcare in the UK, says the Commission’s suggestions can only benefit patients:
“Anything that encourages greater transparency in terms of costs, surgeon reputation and quality of care can only be good for the patient. If these measures have the desired effect and increase the numbers of players in the market then that greater choice can only be good for the patient.
“We have been lobbying for the collection and publication of performance data for some years and have been disappointed by the reluctance of private hospitals to share information on how well they’re performing and, perhaps more importantly, how much they’re charging.
“There can be very few industries that won’t give potential customers a clear and unambiguous price for what is a major financial decision – or give them easy to understand data on how they perform when the patient is making a decision about purchasing a medical procedure that could make a massive difference to their health or body.
“One of the reasons we launched http://www.GoPrivate.com was to make price comparison as easy as possible for patients – but it is only since the Competition Commission launched their enquiry , that we have been able to access the data we need on procedure and consultation fees that private patients want to see.”