Weight loss surgery abroad for NHS patients is available. If you are waiting on the NHS waiting list for bariatric surgery, know you have a right to chose when you will have it.
You can save money and time by opting for bariatric as costs abroad for bariatric are lower than in UK private clinics, and there are no waiting lists.
As a rule, the cost of weight loss surgery abroad is lower than in the UK. Treatment in the UK can be very expensive, and in many EU countries, the same procedure can be found at a fraction of the cost. Often this means that you can combine your surgery with a holiday, for less than the price of having the same treatment alone in the UK.
Savings for bariatric surgery abroad
The actual cost savings you can make by doing weight loss surgery abroad will vary depending on the procedure you want and the country you want to go to. Many popular treatment destinations abroad offer savings of 50- 80% compared to the cost of private treatment in the UK.
Other costs besides costs of bariatric weight loss surgery
There is more costs to treatment abroad than just the cost of the procedure itself. You need to fly and pay for your stay, and you may also need to consider these costs for a person that goes abroad with you. Private medical can offer complete packages, that will including arranging flights, accommodation and your aftercare holiday break, all for one set price. You can arrange your trip and then you will need to consider all the costs flight, transfer, accommodation and meals.
Cost of weight loss surgery in private clinic abroad
Even if the total cost of bariatric weight loss surgery for your treatment is greater than having the treatment in UK private clinic, it may still be worth considering as part of your holiday plans as it will cover part of your trip. In addition, NHS allows you to bypass the NHS queue for bariatric weight loss surgery, by reimbursing costs of treatment, if you receive private treatment abroad. So actual costs for surgery will be much lower than planned.
Why surgery abroad is cheaper?
Treatment abroad is cheaper because their costs of service are lower. The wages paid to the weight loss specialists and private clinic staff abroad can be far less than those paid in the UK. It is far less expensive to run a private clinic abroad than if it is to run one of a similar standard here in the UK, so clinic abroad to cut their prices they don’t have to charge as much for their services. Surgery treatment is provided with high quality and by best surgeons.
Why did NHS patients choose to have treatment abroad?
There are more than one reasons depending on diagnose, required treatment, costs and others, these reasons include:
• Costs of surgery – you will find that price abroad is just a fraction of the price in the UK.
• No waiting lists – NHS are having long waiting lists for treatment, but by travelling you can get treatment significantly sooner.
• Specialist services – private clinics abroad tend to offer specialised equipment and well educated medical staff. In situations when you are paying for service, you are expecting high-level service and that is what private medical clinics abroad do offer.
Treatment abroad can be financed by the NHS. Bariatric weight loss surgery abroad could be an alternative you can afford.