posted on June 22, 2017 13:35
have seen an increase in the number of members claiming for ‘diagnostic
procedures’. As NHS waiting times
increase many patients are looking to ‘self-fund’ their diagnosis to speed up
for specialist consultation appointments and private scans can help get a
diagnosis and therefore treatment faster than waiting for NHS
appointments. Whilst waiting for delayed
NHS treatment can be a worry, there is also a concern over the unknown costs of
the alternative - seeking private treatment.
have found that specialist consultation fees paid by our members on average
cost £180. You would be able to reclaim 50% of these costs through your membership. In order to see a specialist you will need to
ask your GP for a letter of referral.
on from a specialist consultation many patients would be referred for
diagnostic tests in order to diagnose their condition. Waiting times for
diagnostic tests are recommended to be within 6 weeks of referral but with
nearly 13,000 people waiting over 6 weeks in May last year
people will see further delays.
is possible to ‘self-fund’ scans with a one part (single area) scan at Cobalt
Imaging centre in Cheltenham costing £250 or Alliance Medical from £199. If you opt for Gold level membership you
could claim back 50% of this cost. Once
a diagnosis has been made the treatment should then begin.
to request a private scan:
1) Discuss the problem of delays with your doctor
2) Ask to be referred privately to a specialist consultant or referred
direct to a scanning facility
3) Use the letter of referral to book a visit to a consultant
or scanning facility.
4) Obtain a receipt and claim for your scan or specialist
consultation (or both).
Self-funding your specialist consultation and diagnostic procedures can be made very affordable through our scheme.
If you would like more information on changing to ‘gold’ level membership or on private scans please call us on 01905 729090.
* Scans are only claimable under
diagnostic procedures made within the gold level of membership