With the NHS failing, should the public turn to affordable Private Medical Insurance



With the news reported this week by Hugh Pym from the BBC that the NHS faced a record level of demand for care in March 2016 with all key performance targets in England being missed and the A & E figures being the worst since records began, they believe that people in the UK should begin to look at their options when it comes to healthcare.


Lianne Harrington CERT CII, Director and Senior Healthcare Consultant at SMP Healthcare has worked within the Healthcare insurance sector for many years and feels it is essential that the public should know exactly what is on offer to them when it comes to Private Medical Insurance.


“Looking at our own local area in Essex and specifically Broomfield and Colchester General Hospitals, MyNHS data confirms that Broomfield Hospital is amongst the worst for Infection Control and Cleanliness although 90.1% of A & E admissions are seen within 4 hours. More concerning is that Colchester General Hospital is Overall Inadequate under the Care Quality Commission which must raise alarm bells for the patients waiting for treatment at either facility. It is therefore no wonder that UK residents are starting to investigate alternative options”


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There are many types of Private Medical Insurance policies available from the Insurers within the UK market and the good news is that many of them are affordable. In fact some of them are actually fairly low in cost. Sadly there is a perception that Health Insurance is a luxury that is too costly for the masses when in fact this is not the case.


“With the uncertainty around the NHS stability due to events such as the Junior Doctors Dispute we are speaking to more people who want to know their options on a private basis. Products such as Speedy Diagnostics from AVIVA which gives prompt access to a diagnosis by a specialist and covers diagnostic tests such as MRI scans, blood tests, X-rays and ECG’s at a premium significantly lower than Private medical Insurance and the Hospital Treatment Insurance from Westfield Health (available for businesses) which covers over 60 hospital procedures such as knee replacements, hip replacements and gall stones, we can help people find affordable products that will help them beat the NHS Waiting lists.”









Buying Private Medical Insurance can seem to be a daunting prospect but Harrington guarantees that clients who choose to work with SMP Healthcare Ltd are always given the information they need to make a decision as to what policy is best for them from the products available on the market, she also confirms that SMP Healthcare never charge their clients any fees at any point within a policy year.




If you would like help in renewing an existing or selecting a new private healthcare policy then their team of healthcare advisers will be more than happy to help you. You can complete their secure online quotation form at https://www.smphealthcare.com or contact them on enquiries@smphealthcare.com or by telephone on 01245 929129.




About SMP Healthcare




Situated in Chelmsford, Essex, SMP Healthcare Ltd are an independent and unbiased Health Insurance Intermediary who specialise in Private Medical Insurance cover in the UK. SMP Healthcare Ltd was formed in January 2014 with the sole intention of providing the public and business community alike with a way of obtaining Private Medical Insurance on an independent basis. With a sound knowledge of the market we have proved to our clients that the health insurance market does not have to be costly and confusing.




Media Contact: Lianne Harrington


Address: SMP Healthcare Ltd, 3A Tindal Square, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EH, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1245 929 129

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