Elderly patients are forced to wait over two days in hospital before undergoing hip replacement surgery on the NHS, potentially putting their lives at risk.
Patients waiting two days or more for hip replacement surgery whilst in hospital have a 20 per cent higher death rate compared with those operated on within two days after admission.
NHS hospitals are not treating elderly patients within the recommended two days
Thee 2011 Dr Foster Hospital Guide identified 31 NHS hospitals where patients with broken or fractured hips are expected to wait longer than two days for surgery.
Doncaster, Leeds, Pennine, the Royal Free in Hampstead and South Tyneside were ranked the worst hospitals, with 50 per cent or more patients with hip fractures not seen within two days.
In comparison, independent sector hospitals achieved some of the best outcomes for hip and knee replacement surgery. Four of the best six places for hip operations were privately run, as were seven of the top 11 for replacement knees.
Care UK was top of the list for independent providers of joint replacement, followed by Spire Healthcare, UK specialist Hospitals, and Ramsay Health Care UK. These hospitals are available to self-pay patients or patients with private medical insurance.
Without medical insurance, paying for a hip replacement privately in the UK can cost as much as £10,000. An average health insurance premium for a 65 year old is around £70 a month, totalling only £840 a year, perhaps lower with a discount scheme.
People with private medical insurance will receive that hip replacement without extra cost, in a private hospital of their choice, with a consultant of their choice. They will also skip the NHS waiting lists, lowering their chance of complications.
Compare health insurance policies online now to avoid the NHS waiting lists for essential operations.
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