for almost 10 years, and today we are answering the question,
„Is UK private health care better than the NHS?“
OK, so if you’re wondering why my hair
looks absolutely crazy, we just got caught in a rainstorm.
So for those of you who
commented on my video about Britain and the heat, yes, the heat has broken.
It is now cold and rainy again.
So still glad to have an air conditioner for the next time it gets hot.
But for those of you worried about us all
melting in the heat here, we’re doing fine.
Again, back to normal summer weather.
So no worries there. Now, in this video,
I’m going to be talking about private health care in the UK versus the NHS.
And for my British audience out there
who I know are going to be like, how dare you even suggest that private
health care here is better than our beloved NHS?
Trust me, I’m on your side.
But I do think that there are some things to compare and contrast when it comes
to private health care in the UK, particularly people who really aren’t
familiar with it, because that’s where I want to start.
A lot of people, particularly from abroad,
really think that there is no other option than the NHS.
I know when I first moved here, I kind of thought the NHS was the only
option and didn’t really understand that the NHS was
the majority of your options, but that you could also go private,
which is very similar to what we do in the US where it’s all private.
So that’s the first thing.
If you’re from abroad, you’re not used to the UK.
You don’t understand how the health care system works here.
Basically, the NHS is going to be the first point of call for the vast
majority of people for everything, doctors appointments, hospital surgeries,
like anything you can think in the medical sphere.
Often the NHS is takes care of the vast majority of the country.
However, you do have the option to go
private to pay for your own health care from different providers.
And the latest statistics are that about
12 percent of UK residents have private health care cover.
Whether they use it or not.
I don’t know the statistics on that, but over 10 percent of the country do
actually have the insurance for it to be able to go private.
So we’ll talk about paying for private health care and stuff later in the video.
But really, there are more people than you
think who do take advantage of private health care here.
So let’s talk about that now.
I really only like to talk about things
in my videos that I do have mostly direct experience with.
So, for instance, I’m not going to do a video about like
giving birth in the U.K. versus the U.S. any time soon, because I am not
or have not given birth and I’m not going to anytime soon.
So I don’t want to speak to people’s
experiences that I haven’t had at least a little bit of information on myself.
So to give you a little bit of background, why I’m now doing my private health care
video, we have to go back to the YouTube comment section.
Yes, that’s right. The YouTube comment section.
So I have been doing videos for about six months now.
And in that time I’ve gotten definitely
two that I can think of, maybe one or two more.
But I’ve gotten comments from people
saying that I should have my neck looked at because it looks like I have a problem
with my thyroid or I have some sort of like bulge or lump.
So I kind of chalk this up for a while to people diagnosing me over the Internet.
I actually do appreciate their comments
and pointing out something, because you always see those stories
of like random fan notices, you know, celebrities,
something, something from a picture and then whatever.
So sometimes that does really turn into something useful and helpful.
In this case, it just made me curious
because I hadn’t noticed anything about my own neck.
Anyway, long story short, after a couple of people had commented
on my YouTube videos a couple of weeks ago,
I decided to get it checked out because I’m going to the US soon.
And I was like,
I just let me just figure it out, make sure like nothing serious is wrong.
I don’t think anything is wrong, but let me go check.
So I went to the GP from the NHS, so went and they said, yeah,
maybe you should get a scan done because we’re not entirely sure.
It does look a little swollen.
And I’m like, OK, I don’t really notice
anything different, but now I feel like I should get it checked out.
So because of the time line, waiting for an NHS appointment was not
necessarily going to put me on the right time line to be able to figure this out
and make sure everything was fine before I get on my flight to the U.S..
So for all of you at home, I took the opportunity to engage
in a little bit of private health care experience in the UK.
So I got an ultrasound done privately on my neck.
Again, just a very easy scan.
And so I visited a private UK hospital,
got to go on the inside experience what it was like.
And so I haven’t been inpatient in a UK private hospital.
But I have now experienced a little bit
of private health care in the UK, by the way, my neck is absolutely fine.
I think it just looks that on camera.
So take it in.
Take it in all of its glory, it’s fine, thank you for your comments.
OK, so let’s talk about the reasons someone might go private in the U.K. The
first reason is exactly what happened to me.
It has to do with NHS waiting times.
if you are referred for something where they think it might be cancer or it might
be something else serious, they can put you on a fast to week referral track.
And again, this is fast for the UK.
So a normal NHS waiting list, depending on where you live and depending
on what you’re waiting for, can really, really vary.
Could be a month, could be six weeks.
But again, it really depends on what your
GP thinks of the situation and how serious they think.
So if they think it’s serious, the fast track is two weeks.
In my situation, I didn’t have two weeks were going away
before I go to America and I just wanted to get it done and I wanted to be able
to schedule it in like the next day or the day after.
So this is the first reason why somebody
might choose to go private instead of the NHS.
For whatever reason,
they would feel happier or they have to have the scan or test or see a doctor,
see the specialist doctor before they feel the NHS could get them on the wait list.
Now, I’ve really heard people mention this in regards to physiotherapy and a lot
of people and again, this is based on my research.
I haven’t done physio privately,
but people do mention that the physio wait lists on the NHS can be quite long.
And because it can be pressing
for somebody like quality of life, not necessarily dangerous,
but they just want to get it figured out and have the physiotherapy.
A lot of people will go private for something like that.
And again, this could also go
for something like an operation so you could go private pay privately
for a surgery, of course, recommended by your GP.
You can’t just, like, sign yourself up for a surgery.
But there are certain operations on the NHS that might take longer than others.
So if you have something that is not life threatening, it might be that the waitlist
for that operation is longer than you want to have to wait again.
If you have something that is seriously
wrong with you that you need to test as soon as possible.
You need surgery as soon as possible.
As far as I have heard and experienced,
the NHS does fast track you for those appointments and operations.
Obviously, there is a little bit of a problem here when certain things like
worldwide pandemics come into play and things have to play catch up.