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Don’t wait to get medical treatment

Don’t wait to get medical treatment

Category: Health insurance

Updated: 24/03/2014
First Published: 24/03/2014

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It's an all-too common occurrence – you're feeling unwell, need to see your GP but the next available appointment is weeks away, and if any further tests or treatments are required you'll invariably have to wait longer still.

It's something that many of us have to put up with from time to time, and although the NHS still has its place, for many people it's no longer the best solution. Indeed, research from an insurance provider has found that one in five of those over 50 have to wait more than a week to see their GP – it's far from ideal, particularly if you're suffering.

Getting access to quality medical care quickly and without fuss now takes priority, and that's why a lot of people are turning to private medical insurance, or PMI, instead.

Having the right insurance plan means there'll be no need to wait weeks on end to see a specialist or get the treatment you need – with the NHS the standard waiting time between referral and consultation is 18 weeks, and if further treatment is required it'll be an additional wait – and you won't be left with a hefty bill either.

It'll be quicker, easier and you'll get the treatment you need when you need it, and although the specifics of your cover will depend on your policy (some plans might include the service of a private GP but not all do, so make sure to check) you can have the peace of mind you need that your health is in good hands.

It could be the ideal solution for a lot of people, whether it's used alongside the NHS or as a complete alternative, so to find out more about PMI and what it could do for you make sure to read our special Brief from the experts in medical insurance, Simplyhealth.

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