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In England, you have the legal right to choose which hospital you are referred to for your NHS treatment. This choice includes many NHS and private hospitals.
Given the significant variation in NHS treatment waiting times and quality of care ratings across England, taking your time and using Health Compare hospital search to review your options and to make enquiries before finalising your choice may:
If you are using the NHS GP practice that you are registered with
If you want to try to see a different GP faster
If you've already been referred for NHS treatment, then waiting for your treatment to be provided by your allocated hospital may well be the best course of action.
However, there is significant variation in NHS treatment waiting times and quality of care ratings across England:
This reality is so important because as well as your legal right to have your free NHS treatment at an NHS or private hospital of your choice* you also have the right to change hospitals if you've waited over 18 weeks **
After viewing Health Compare hospital search to see your options (locally or indeed across England if you were prepared to travel), you may wish to consider changing hospitals, perhaps to a higher quality rated hospital, or to be treated sooner.
I am interested in paying to have more control of exactly when I have my treatment.
Here are several key points that you may wish to consider in making a decision between self-pay and NHS funded treatment.
You can use Health Compare to compare and investigate these factors, and make enquiries with one or more hospitals that you may be interested in, free of charge. One question will be the estimated price for the treatment, which may possibly require an initial consultation to confirm.
Insurance Covered Treatment
You can use our Health Compare Insurance search filter, to identify which hospitals provide treatment as part of a particular health insurance policy.
If you don’t currently have health insurance but wish to consider private health insurance options with a no obligation quote
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Expert advice if things have gone wrong (negligence) or if you’ve waited too long.
I have suffered clinical negligence, or my health has deteriorated due to waiting list delays.
Delayed treatment compensation claims have typically been one of the most common reasons for medical negligence claims against the NHS. They can be very serious as they can result in avoidable pain and suffering for patients who have had to wait. Undue waits can also make a medical condition much worse.
† Solicitors Regulation Authority