Healthcare Choices: NHS versus private 2013

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For this report, a survey was commissioned amongst YouGov’s online panel. This survey used a sample of 2,064 adults aged 16 and over, with fieldwork taking place over the period 28-30 March 2013.

The questionnaire used for this report was extensive, and covered the following areas:

  • Health status – covering people’s lifestyles, weight, smoking, drinking and perceived health status.
  • Attitudes towards healthcare – covering opinions of the NHS and the private sector, Government influence upon the healthcare industry and likely future directions.
  • Private medical insurance (PMI) – covering penetration of PMI, expenditure levels, reasons for taking it up, type of policy and future intentions in this area.
  • Surgery – covering penetration, location and type of major surgery and/or treatments, as well as opinions of treatment received and IVF.
  • Cosmetic surgery – covering penetration, expenditure levels, types of surgery and reasons for undergoing it.
  • Surgery/treatment abroad – covering penetration, destination and reasons for undergoing it.
Report Info
Table of Contents
  • Introduction & Scope
    • Methodology
      • Abbreviations
  • Report Summary
    • Growth held back by the recession
      • Public expenditure far higher
      • Expansion of the market leaders
      • Ageing population a key challenge
      • ‘Healthy’, but could be healthier
      • PMI’s shrinking consumer base
      • NHS drives the private hospitals market
  • Consumer Background
    • Political/economic trends
      • Social trends
  • The Consumer – Overview
  • Perceptions of health
    • Health status
      • Healthy lifestyles
  • Lifestyle factors
    • Body weight
      • Smoking
      • Alcohol consumption
  • The Consumer – Usage
  • Private medical insurance (PMI)
    • Types of scheme
      • PMI providers
      • Choosing PMI
      • PMI costs
      • PMI costs
      • Lapsed PMI owners
      • Future prospects
  • Surgery
    • Usage of NHS hospitals
      • Types of surgery/procedure
      • Usage of private hospitals
      • Funding of usage of private hospitals
      • Types of treatment/surgery
      • Satisfaction levels
      • Reasons for using private hospitals
  • Cosmetic surgery
    • Types of cosmetic surgery
      • Why consumers have cosmetic surgery
      • Future prospects
  • Treatment abroad
    • Numbers involved
      • Destinations
      • Reasons for having treatment abroad
  • The Consumer – Attitudes
  • Healthcare in general
    • Ethical considerations
      • Paying for private healthcare
      • Future prospects
      • Attitudes towards the NHS
  • Private versus public
    • Introducing competition
      • Emphasis on practicality
      • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Government policy
    • Using the private sector for NHS patients
      • Private healthcare accessibility
      • Industry regulation
      • Other Government healthcare policies
      • The MMR vaccine
  • The Future
    • Budget cuts are prime concern
      • Attitudes towards the possibility of surcharging
      • Reducing the pressure on the NHS
  • Market Size
    • Private sector sees decline in share
  • Private medical insurance (PMI)
  • Acute care
  • Appendix
    • Questionnaire
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