The prices shown below are averages based on quotations from 25 leading private hospitals across the UK. As we'll explain, the cost of your treatment will likely be different from these averages due to several factors, so please speak directly to private hospitals for an accurate quote.

If you're here looking for the cost of private health insurance rather than treatment itself, please click this link to read our recent article "Average Cost of Private Health Insurance In The UK".

Disclaimer: The prices provided below are the average quotes received from private hospitals across the UK and may change. Please refer to the hospitals' websites for up to date and accurate pricing.

Average cost of private medical treatments in the UK 2022

Cost of private surgery and medical procedures in the UK:

  • Abscess incision and drainage -£2,275.00
  • Abdominal Hysterectomy -£7,577.98
  • ACL reconstruction surgery -£7,422.03
  • Adult Circumcision - £2,288.33
  • Ankle Surgery - ankle arthroscopy - £5,974.30
  • Carpal Tunnel Release - £2,194.73
  • Cataract surgery - £2,733.64
  • Colonoscopy - £2,157.10
  • Ear pinning surgery (both ears) - £3,649.69
  • Gall bladder removal - £6,350.28
  • Gastroscopy - £1,721.54
  • Hernia repairs - laparoscopic - £3,555.05
  • Hip replacement - £12,712.92
  • Kidney stone treatment - £5,750.00
  • Knee arthroscopy - £3,901.96
  • Knee replacement - £13,568.79
  • Liposuction - Complex - £4,470.64
  • Lumbar decompression - £9,219.03
  • Bunion removal - £4,992.50
  • Prostate Resection - £6,427.42
  • Repair of prolapsed Vagina - £5,613.17
  • Shoulder replacement surgery - £12,774.28
  • Slipped Disc Removal - £8,072.87
  • Tonsillectomy - £3,174.61
  • Tummy Tuck - £6,731.17
  • Vasectomy - £1,621.60
  • Vasectomy Reversal - £3,558.30
  • Vulva Lesion Excision - £3,898.00
  • Wisdom tooth removal - £2,424.67

Source: myTribe Insurance - Private Surgery Research 2022

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What impacts the cost of private medical treatment?

Private healthcare costs in the UK are based upon several factors, including the treatment taking place, the location and the consultant's rates. In this section, we detail many of the elements that will affect your private treatment cost.

  1. The hospital's location: Where the private hospital is will be a significant factor in the cost of treatment. While this may seem strange at first, it needs to be borne in mind that many other costs, such as rent and even staffing costs, will be higher in certain places in the UK. For example, you can expect to pay at least 10–20% more for private medical treatments in London.
  2. The treatment: As you would expect, the actual treatment required will play a significant role in determining the cost. For instance, having wisdom teeth removed is usually far more straightforward than total hip replacement surgery.
  3. Medical equipment costs: Private healthcare providers continually invest in new equipment, and the cost of that equipment tends to increase over time. To be a leading provider, you need the latest equipment and the ability to offer cutting-edge treatments.
  4. Medicines: Similarly to equipment, private hospitals need to buy medicines, and the cost of some of the newest ones developed will be expensive. Medication plays a vital role in treatment and recovery, so the private healthcare system needs access to the best available.
  5. Consultant fees: As consultants gain experience, their prices will rise. There will be a "going rate" for each type of specialist, and if there's a shortage of a specific skill set, you can be sure that the cost will increase.
  6. Staffing costs: Staff at private hospitals, from nurses to cleaners, need to be paid, and again, these costs do tend to rise over time with inflation.
  7. Commercial property rent, business rates and utilities: Hospitals often have large buildings in prominent positions in towns and cities, and the costs are high. The closer you get to London, the more expensive it is to have property, which is one of the reasons it costs more to be treated in the capital.
  8. Insurance: Providing medical treatment as a service comes with significant risk, so you can be sure that the hospitals will have costly insurance policies to provide them with some protection should problems occur.
  9. Information technology: Modern businesses rely heavily upon computers, mobile phones and other technology; private hospitals are no different.
  10. Profit margins: While some private healthcare providers are not for profit, others are profit-making businesses that need to create value for shareholders each year.
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How much does hospital location affect the cost of private medical treatments?

As we've highlighted, one of the most significant factors in the cost of your treatment is where it takes place. In this section, we thought it'd be helpful to highlight the cost difference between locations across the UK for a small selection of private medical treatments.

Chart showing the cost of common private medical treatments based on hospital location in the UK
The price of private treatment varies quite significantly based on hospital location
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What is fixed-price surgery?

Many private hospitals share fixed price surgery costs that typically cover the cost of hospital admission, consultant and anaesthetist fees, medical equipment and medicines, and things such as nursing and aftercare. However, we should point out that each hospital will include different things in their fixed priced surgery, so when choosing where to receive your treatment and comparing prices, pay close attention to what's included.

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here to get more information about private medical treatment costs

The best way to get information about the cost of private medical treatments is to visit private hospitals' websites and get in touch with them. While there are many independent private hospitals in the UK, some of which we looked at to provide our average prices, several larger private healthcare groups might be a good starting point.

Top private healthcare providers in the UK:

Speak to a private medical insurance provider

Private health insurance providers also allow people to self-pay for treatments via them, so you could speak to them about your treatment if you would prefer.

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How can you pay for private surgery and treatments?

There are several ways you can pay for private treatment in the UK:

Private medical insurance

Private health insurance covers the cost of private treatment of eligible conditions in return for paying a monthly premium. Notably, private health insurance doesn't cover pre-existing conditions, so if you are currently suffering from something and looking for solutions, private medical insurance won't be it.

Self-Pay

As the name suggests, you fund your private medical treatments yourself with self-pay. Unfortunately, given the current waiting lists on the NHS, many people feel the need to dip into savings or call upon friends and family to be treated sooner.

Medical Loan

Finally, if you don't have health insurance or the funds to pay straightaway for your treatment, you could look at a medical loan. All of the private hospitals work with credit brokers and offer you the ability to spread the cost of your treatment with a medical loan.

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Data sources:

https://www.spirehealthcare.com/

https://www.circlehealthgroup.co.uk/

https://chelwestprivatecare.co.uk/

https://www.thelondonclinic.co.uk

https://www.newvictoria.co.uk/

https://www.highgatehospital.co.uk/

https://www.cromwellhospital.com/

https://www.kingedwardvii.co.uk/

https://www.parkside-hospital.co.uk/

https://www.oaklands-hospital.co.uk/

https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/

https://www.southamptonhospital.co.uk/private-patients

https://hmtsanctamaria.org/

https://www.stjosephshospital.co.uk/

https://kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com/

https://www.hcahealthcare.co.uk/

Frequently Asked Questions

Does private health insurance cover pre-existing medical conditions?

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Unfortunately, private health insurance doesn't cover any condition you've suffered symptoms from or received treatment for in the past five years.

How much does a private hysterectomy cost?

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The average cost of a private hysterectomy in the UK is £7,577.98 (May 2022).

However, prices vary significantly depending on where you live, with cities such as London typically being more expensive.

How much does private knee replacement surgery cost?

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The UK's average cost of private knee replacement surgery is £13,568.79 (May 2022).

Your location will affect the price you pay, so please get in touch with local private healthcare providers for accurate pricing.

How much does private hip replacement surgery cost?

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The average cost of private hip replacement surgery in the UK is currently £12,712.92 (May 2022).

Any private medical treatment cost varies depending on where you live and the consultant that provides your surgery, so please check with your local private health care providers.

How much does adult circumcision cost?

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The average cost of adult circumcision is currently £2,288.33; This is based on quotes from 25 private hospitals across the UK.

How much does private carpel tunnel surgery cost?

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The average cost of private carpel tunnel surgery in the UK is £2,194.79 (May 2022).

How much does private cataract surgery cost?

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The average cost of private cataract surgery in the UK is £2,733.64 (May 2022).

How much does a private colonoscopy cost?

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The average cost of a private colonoscopy in the UK is £2,157.10 (May 2022).

How much does private ear pinning surgery cost?

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The average cost of private ear pinning surgery for both ears is £3,649.69 (May 2022).

How much does private gall bladder removal surgery cost?

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On average, private gall bladder removal surgery costs £6,350.28 (May 2022).

How much does it cost for private bunion removal?

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The average cost for private bunion removal is £4,992.50 (May 2022).

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

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The average cost of a tummy tuck in the UK is £6,731.17 (May 2022).

How much does a vasectomy cost?

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A private vasectomy costs, on average, £1,621.60 (May 2022).

How much does vasectomy reversal surgery cost?

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Vasectomy reversal surgery costs £3,558.30 in the UK (May 2022).

How much does private shoulder replacement surgery cost?

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The average cost for private shoulder replacement surgery in the UK is £12,774.28 (May 2022)

How much does a private tonsillectomy cost?

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The average cost for a private tonsillectomy is £3,174.64 (May 2022).

How much does it cost for private wisdom tooth removal?

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Private removal of wisdom teeth costs on average £2,424.67 in the UK (May 2022).

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