01 Dec Global Opportunity | Healthcare: Private Patients 2016
Global Opportunity | Healthcare: Private Patients
It is my pleasure to welcome you to this special edition of Global Opportunity Healthcare focussing on the UK’s offering to private, fee-paying patients from overseas.
The UK has long enjoyed a reputation as a beacon of healthcare excellence, helped in no small part by this Government’s commitment to the NHS and its status as one of the world’s most well-respected healthcare systems.
In terms of private care provision, healthcare brands like the Harley Street Medical Area, as well as various private patient units in some of the NHS’s more internationally renowned Trusts, have long represented the very best in high-level specialist private care. Yet, despite this impressive NHS and private healthcare presence, only 19,000 operations were performed on overseas, fee-paying patients in London in 2014.
With the global private healthcare market averaging two million procedures a year, this disparity represents a huge economic opportunity for Britain. Treating NHS patients is rightly the priority for any NHS provider, and for this Government, but there is a clear advantage from engaging with the the global healthcare market – raising revenues and in turn reinvesting this back into services for NHS patients. The Private Patients edition of Global Opportunity Healthcare highlights how the UK is uniquely positioned to respond to the opportunities represented by this market.
As the world’s largest concentration of specialist healthcare providers, the Harley Street Medical Area is a unique UK asset, and an area that its landlord, The Howard de Walden Estate, is keen to promote internationally. Tenants represented in this edition include Advanced Oncotherapy, whose latest proton beam therapy clinic is set to offer the next generation of precision cancer care; the Fortius Clinic, an orthopaedic and sports injury care centre; and the Schön Klinik: an orthopaedic clinic specialising in spinal work opening in 2017 and bringing with it clinical expertise from its various specialist orthopaedic clinics across Germany.
NHS providers can also offer world leading private treatment. The Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust’s latest specialist heart and lung outpatients and diagnostic clinic on Wimpole Street, and the Pre-implantation and Genetic testing services on offer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, alongside their leading cardiology care services – details can be found on pages 72-83.
Spread across five world-famous hospitals, Imperial Private Healthcare’s specialist offerings represent some of the best in UK expertise – from gynaecological and cancer care to major trauma treatments and outstanding maternity services – as we discover on pages 93-110.
Whether a tenant of the Harley Street Medical Area, a private unit from one of the UK’s leading NHS Trusts or an independent private provider, the UK’s private healthcare market offers unrivalled medical expertise.
The NHS is the crown jewel in our public services and together with the private sector we hope to see more fee paying patients making the UK their first choice for healthcare over the coming years.
Lord Prior of Brampton