COVID-19: What you need to know
Rising NHS waiting lists alongside the relaxation of COVID restrictions could be driving the surging interest in private healthcare. During the course of the pandemic, private hospitals have supported the NHS by providing their facilities to help the national effort to fight the virus.
According to the Association of British Insurers, this meant that many non-urgent treatments for some private medical insurance customers were delayed. With the situation in the UK now stabilising, normal service has started to resume in many private facilities.
People due urgent and time-critical support and care, such as cancer treatment, are being treated as a matter of priority.
Whilst customers had access to urgent and time-critical care, a proportion of customer claims were deferred due to the surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the UK.