What inequality between public and private means in practice April 26, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Waiting times for potentially lifesaving tests for cancer are up to 25 times longer for public patients than for those paying privately, a new report reveals.
The report highlights “striking differences” in access for public compared with private patients, with GPs reporting some public patients have to wait up to 480 days for an ultrasound.
A patient’s ability to pay privately “always” or “usually” affects access to referral services, according to almost 90 per cent of doctors surveyed. “Delays in accessing diagnostics force many patients to pay for scans and tests privately to secure diagnosis. As a result, a patient’s ability to pay is linked to their ability to access diagnostics used to detect cancer in a timely manner.”