"with increasing NHS cutbacks and fewer operations being available, if you are struggling to get the treatment you need and you don't have private insurance, another option is to go private and pay for treatment yourself".
Remember "I'll cut the deficit; not the NHS"? BMI didn't get that message.
Here is the price list they give, compared to the national tariff (the payment NHS hospitals receive).
|Procedure||BMI Price||NHS National Tariff||Notes|
|Cataract||£1,900||£741||Phacoemulsification cataract extraction and lens implant|
|Hip Replacement||£8,500||£5,522||Major, non-trauma, category 2, without CC|
|Varicose Veins Unilateral||£2,200||£1,098||Primary Unilateral Varicose Vein without CC|
|Inguinal Hernia||£1,900||£1,205||Inguinal Umbilical or Femoral Hernia Repairs 19 years and over without CC|
It is interesting that one of the local PCTs (NHS Warwickshire) has been operating a Stop-Slow-Go policy since last October. The items on this price list are either on the Stop list (varicose veins) or on the Slow list.