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Seeing a private GP | doctor
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tonystarksrighthand · 15/02/2021 07:41

My surgery are great but they are very general and just tell you to drink more water and go for a walk. For ANY ailment. Unless your eyes are bleeding and they may suggest a paracetamol.

If I pay to see (zoom or whatever) a private doctor are they likely to give me more time and actually listen to what is up with me? Or am I just wasting my moment and time?

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tonystarksrighthand · 15/02/2021 07:42

Money .... not moment Confused

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LApprentiSorcier · 15/02/2021 07:47

I got about 50 minutes for £200 seeing a private consultant. It was worth it because she went through all my records in detail and booked me in for the operation I had been wanting for years. This was on insurance although the excess was £200, so essentially I paid for the consultation and then the operation was covered by insurance.

If you don't have insurance you might want to consider in the longer term what you would get from a consultation - would you be able/willing to pay privately for any treatment the doctor may recommend, or would you be happy to go back into the NHS waiting system knowing you have a diagnosis?

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Sn0tnose · 15/02/2021 07:49

I’ve only been twice (rich ex boyfriend paid for it after I got fed up with GP only wanting to treat the symptoms and not the cause) and, no, it’s a very different experience. I got referred to a private consultant very quickly and they did an awful lot of tests to confirm exactly what was wrong.

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RuggeryBuggery · 15/02/2021 07:53

Do you know roughly might be wrong? Might be more worthwhile seeing a private consultant/specialist in the appropriate area?
I think one of the best things about going private is the easier and quicker access to a specialist.

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Mabelface · 15/02/2021 08:30

Yes. My daughter battled with her gp for over a year with endo symptoms, wouldn't refer her. Spoke to a private gp, referred, had surgery and a diagnosis of endo.

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