For a number of years I lived in Bangkok and was obliged to use their private hospitals and I know many expats who used those facilities. Generally speaking they are excellent and provide first class service. I am told there are many other Asian countries including Indea with similar hospitals.
I know people who have been refused immediate ops on the NHS who have simply refused to wait and bought a ticket. The prices by UK standrads are incredible low.
Considering the cost of ops often quoted it would be to me; a no brainer, to offer say 75% of the cost to the NHS to have the job done elsewhere. Things like hip and knee surgery are obvious but heart procedures are just as relevent.
Why is this idea important?
It will save money,
It will reduce waiting lists
It will help older people who are often pushed to the back of the queue.
It is, or at least should be, incredible easy to implement. Just put a value on each NHS procedue and say you have the option. It could be guranteed by simple paying the hospital bills and saying giving a percentage in cash for exs