An increasing number of GPs have been encouraging patients to use their private medical insurance (PMI), a Spire Healthcare-commissioned study has found.
Private hospital group Spire found that 58% of GPs asked patients about private medical insurance, compared with 24% in a similar survey last year.
Jean-Jacques de Gorter, clinical services director for Spire Healthcare, argued that encouraging patients to use PMI saves the NHS “a substantial amount of money”.
The survey of 1,015 GPs also found that over half of GPs feel comfortable sending patients to private providers.
However, one in three GPs (36%) said they feel uncomfortable doing this.
Polling firm ComRes carried out the survey on behalf of Spire Healthcare.