Hi, I was on private healthcare through work, Gleason 9 so not AS like you but I had to change to nhs as the insurer would only cover “life extending” drugs for one year and I was about to start abiraterone . 5 years on and I am still on that drug so glad I went nhs. ( the insurer would now fund btw).
the differences imho from a quality cancer hospital :-
i no longer get free tea and biscuits
blood tests are a cheese counter queue rather than seen at once
my appointments (pre covid) were often delayed by 15 minutes or so nhs but on time private
my appointments were a bit quicker on the nhs
there was a nurse taking notes private, nhs the doc does it
i see a different onco from month to month but if I ask I can see the same onco I saw privately (that’s what I do) , I may have to wait an extra 10 minutes.
the treatment remains top quality now just slightly delayed sometimes.
the only reason I would want to have the private option would be if there were approved drugs available for cancer but not funded by the nhs, that has been the case historically with some however if you pay for your policy every year how many years can you afford to pay ?
Personally the nhs is fine for me, the other advantage of private is that the hospital makes a bit out of it so in a small way anyone private is helping fund some of the shortfall in government funding.
There are probably more arguments but this is how I have seen it .
Edited by member 25 Jan 2021 at 21:25
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