More and more people are getting heart surgery in the UK.
But what about the other side of the equation?
Is it the NHS that is causing these complications?
According to a new study, the answer is yes.
According to the latest figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the number of patients undergoing cardiac surgery increased by almost 6% last year.
However, a staggering 47% of these patients had already had a procedure in the past year.
So what’s behind this sudden surge?
According to the BHF, the majority of the increase in procedures was due to the increasing number of people being referred to hospitals to undergo a procedure that was deemed safe.
This was due in part to the fact that there are more procedures being carried out, with over 50,000 heart surgeries carried out in the first half of 2018 compared to just 7,500 in the same period of 2017.
So it seems that the majority in the NHS are getting the surgery for free, while the majority that have it have paid.
And when you consider that these procedures are relatively new, and many patients are not even aware of the risks involved, it seems like there’s an awful lot of people out there who aren’t getting the care they need.
In fact, one of the main reasons that patients may be hesitant to pay for their procedure is that they don’t know the full cost of it.
If you’ve ever had to pay out of pocket for a procedure, it can be hard to tell what the real cost is.
However a recent report from the Royal College of Surgeons showed that when it comes to heart surgery, patients pay around 40% of the total cost, and some hospitals may charge up to 60% of what the actual cost is due to different policies.
While many hospitals are also offering discounts to their patients, you should be aware of any discount they may offer, especially if they are charging you for something you can get for free.