Doctors Association UK representative Dr Louise Hyde, a GP in Tywyn, Wales, says her rural patient group is ‘generally not very demanding or well off’, but despite this she is seeing ‘way, way more’ of them choosing to pay for care.
‘I’ve recently had an elderly lady say she’s too old to wait two years for her cataract op, so she’s going private. An elderly man made the same decision about his hip replacement,’ she says.
Dr Hyde adds: ‘Urology waiting lists are really bad here and I’ve had one patient with bladder cancer and another with prostate getting tests and outpatient appointments done privately self-paid, although I think both then returned to the NHS for treatment.’
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