It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are being charged to access a wider variety of health services. We recently discovered that a 25% uplift or markup will be applied to your invoice should you chose to go “private” whether that is via a personal health insurance policy of whether you self-fund a treatment. HSC also recently announced it would be charging cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy a treatment fee of up to £380 to access the Emergency Department outside of the oncology units limited opening hours. This is another disappointing and unnecessary cut in services to a vulnerable group of patients.
We are deeply concerned that HSC appear to be introducing a model of healthcare that favours the ‘better off’ (financially), and acts as a deterrent to the less well off.
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