Private Healthcare Self Pay Market Report


LaingBuisson’s new study into the private healthcare self pay marketplace. First edition. Published 13 December 2018. (260pp)


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“Better marketing by independent hospitals is making people realise that they do not have to wait for treatment on the NHS nor do they need private medical insurance to access treatment, especially as many providers also offer payment plans. We expect growth to continue, not only where the alternative is a long and possibly painful wait, but also for those services that bring peace of mind, such as an earlier, more convenient GP appointment or diagnostic tests. While the NHS is still highly valued and much loved, it demonstrates that people will use information to make informed healthcare choices, especially for more affordable procedures, and ‘mix and match’ by selectively self-paying or choosing to wait for NHS funded care.”            

Liz Heath, report author


Improve your understanding of the UK self pay market

This new report from LaingBuisson provides the insight you need to maximise the business opportunity presented by the growing self pay market for UK private healthcare.

The Private Healthcare Self Pay UK market report provides an objective and independent view of the size and nature of the self pay market. It informs your strategy, helps you to achieve a better return on your investment in the self pay market and enables healthcare providers to benchmark their self pay pricing models. Faced with a private medical insurance market that is at best static, healthcare providers are seeking growth from self pay, within both the domestic and international markets.

Reductions in NHS funding and lengthening waiting lists are driving a market (including cosmetic surgery) that accounted for over £1 billion of revenue in 2017.

All the major UK hospital groups continue to report growth in self-pay patients, and as a result are marketing and developing their self-pay offering.

The report analyses the current market offering, examines historic growth and looks ahead to the likely changes in the coming years. It breaks activity down into insured and non-insured healthcare, reviews the services provided by independent and NHS facilities, and considers the ways in which the marketplace has made itself more open to patients – looking at the major providers “fixed price surgery” schemes and finance plans now available.

The report also includes a unique and comprehensive price comparison of self-pay prices available from the UK’s private healthcare providers, highlighting the wide price differentials that exist. The price comparison tables are an essential tool for any provider reviewing pricing policy for self pay.


What the report includes

  • Market trends in private healthcare
  • Overview of the UK self pay market
  • Survey – Opinion leaders’ views
  • Major provider schemes and finance options
  • Future of self pay
  • Appendices
    Trade Bodies
    Major Independent Providers Profiles
    Price comparison tables


Who is the report for

  • C-suite professionals working in private hospitals
  • C-suite professionals working in private hospital groups
  • Clinic owners
  • NHS commissioners
  • NHS acute trusts involved in or considering providing PPUs
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Investors and private equity
  • Health insurers Government policymakers
  • Lawyers
  • Policy advisors
  • Think tanks
  • Management consultants


What You Get

      • Digital package – Multi-user Digital PDF and Data in Excel + Printed Hard Copy


LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government’s Office for National Statistics.

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Report Format

Multi-user Digital PDF + Printed Hard Copy, Single-user Printed Hard Copy