October 24, 2017 - Mike Dilke
This week on the RELAXBACK UK show I look at some of the changes in use of private health and the company Top Doctors.
I speak with Dr Mark Vanderpump, a consultant endocrinologist who is listed with Top Doctors and Dean Thomson who works for Top Doctors. Top Doctors is a website that helps people find the appropriate doctor for their needs and location.
Top Doctors commissioned some research into people's views on private health and some of the results are discussed.
'This survey challenges some of the preconceptions that people may have about private healthcare and the people that use it,' says Dr Mark Vanderpump 'In my experience, people see it rather like paying to see a dentist or a lawyer. They have lot of reasons for choosing to see a private specialist - they may just want reassurance that it is safe to wait for their NHS appointment, be concerned with avoiding missing time off work and potential loss of income, be driven by concerns over their symptoms having researched them online, or simply want a second opinion. Whatever the reason, if people are worried about a health condition and think they or their family need specialist help, they should speak to their family doctor. If a referral is needed, Top Doctors offers a new way to help them connect to the right specialist.'
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