We’ve also researched what it costs to be treated for a number of the most common conditions, going out to five providers to find out what they currently charge.

Read on if you’re interested to learn more or to get a rough idea of how each provider stacks up on price for various treatments. 

If you’re here looking for information about the cost of insurance rather than the actual treatment, please click this link to visit a recent article about the best private health insurance UK reviews.

Private surgery costs- August 2021

We looked at the cost of private treatments in 26 private hospitals across the UK to bring you a summarised list of the typical price you can expect to pay. These prices are averages and meant only as a guide, and you should speak directly to your chosen private hospital to obtain their quotation.

  • Wisdom tooth removal £2,350
  • Hip replacement £12,198
  • Knee replacement £13,205
  • Gall bladder removal £6,199
  • Cataract surgery £2,518
  • Slipped disc removal £7,988
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair £3,352
  • Colonoscopy £2,063
  • Gastroscopy £1,670
  • Carpal tunnel release £1,993
  • Tonsillectomy £2,772
  • Knee arthroscopy £3,673
  • Abdominal hysterectomy £7,089
  • Shoulder replacement £11,020

How much does private health care cost?

The cost of private healthcare in the UK is based upon a number of factors, including the treatment taking place, the location and the consultant’s own rates. In this section, we detail many of the elements which will affect the cost of your treatment.

‍What impacts the cost of private medical treatment?

While not an exhaustive list, these are the primary costs affecting the price of private medical treatment.

  • The hospital’s location: Where the hospital is will be a major factor in the cost of treatments. While at first, this may seem strange, 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 treatments in London.
  • 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 a far simpler treatment than full hip replacement surgery.
  • Medical equipment costs: Private health care 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.
  • Medicines: Similarly to equipment, private hospitals need to buy medicines, and the cost of some of the newest ones developed will be expensive. Medicine plays a key role in both treatment and recovery, so the private healthcare system needs access to the best available.
  • Consultant fees: As consultants gain experience, their fees will rise. There will be a “going rate” for each type of specialist and if there’s a shortage of a certain skill set, you can be sure that the cost will increase.
  • Staffing costs: Staff at private hospitals, from nurses to cleaners, need to be paid and again, these costs do tend to rise over time.
  • Commercial property rent, business rates and utilities: Private hospitals often have large buildings in prominent positions in towns and cities and the costs associated with those is significant. 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.
  • 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.
  • Information technology: Modern businesses rely heavily upon computers, mobile phones and other technology; private hospitals are no different.
  • Profit margins: While some private healthcare providers are not for profit, others are profit-making businesses which need to try to create value for shareholders each year.

Private surgery prices

In this part of the article, we’ve researched a selection of common surgical treatments, along with the current pricing from a number of private healthcare providers. The prices detailed in this article are correct as of August 2021 and are based on information found on the hospitals’ own websites.

Private health care costs

The cost of private medical treatments can vary quite significantly based on all of the factors we've already mentioned in this article. So to give you a fair and representative average, we've gone out to a total of

Disclaimer - All prices are a guide

The prices provided on this page are only an indicative guide, based on the information available to us at the time of publication (August 2021). If you would like a quotation we’d recommend speaking directly to your chosen hospital.

Cost of private wisdom tooth removal

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of wisdom tooth removal. We were able to get pricing from 14 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation, bar Northern Ireland.

All of the providers we looked at include initial consultations and x-rays in their price for wisdom teeth removal.

Our research found that the average cost of a private wisdom tooth removal in August 2021 was £2,350*.
Average cost of private wisdom tooth removal infographic

Wisdom tooth removal cost in London

Wisdom tooth removal cost in Manchester

Wisdom tooth removal cost near Southampton

Wisdom tooth removal cost in Cardiff/Wales

  • Nuffield Cardiff & Vale - no price found
  • Spire Cardiff Hospital - £2,481
  • St Josephs Newport - no price found
  • Sancta Maria Hospital Swansea - no price found

Wisdom tooth removal cost in Glasgow

Wisdom tooth removal cost in Edinburgh

Wisdom tooth removal cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - no price found
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private hip replacement

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private hip replacement. We were able to get pricing from 25 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

The prices below are the providers’ guide prices for hip replacement surgery. It should be noted that as this is a complex surgery, the price you pay will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Our research found that the average cost of a private hip replacement in August 2021 was £12,198*.
Average cost of private hip replacement infographic

Hip replacement cost in London

Hip replacement cost in Manchester

Hip replacement cost near Southampton

Hip replacement cost in Cardiff/Wales

Hip replacement cost in Glasgow

Hip replacement cost in Edinburgh

Hip replacement cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £11,838
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private knee replacement

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private knee replacement. We were able to get pricing from 25 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation, including Northern Ireland.

Knee surgery is a complicated procedure and the pricing provided in this section is only a guide, the price you pay will be based on your specific circumstances.

Our research found that the average cost of a private knee replacement in August 2021 was £13,205*.
Average cost of private knee replacement infographic

Knee replacement cost in London

Knee replacement cost in Manchester

Knee replacement cost near Southampton

Knee replacement cost in Cardiff/Wales

Knee replacement cost in Glasgow

Knee replacement cost in Edinburgh

Knee replacement cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £12,274
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private gall bladder removal surgery

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of private gallbladder removal. We were able to get pricing from 23 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of private gallbladder removal surgery in August 2021 was £6,199*.
Average cost of private gallbladder removal infographic

Gallbladder removal cost in London

Gallbladder removal cost in Manchester

Gallbladder removal cost near Southampton

Gallbladder removal cost in Cardiff/Wales

Gallbladder removal cost in Glasgow

Gallbladder removal cost in Edinburgh

Gallbladder removal cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £6,008
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private cataract surgery

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of private cataract surgery. We were able to get pricing from 20 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of private cataract surgery in August 2021 was £2,518*.
Average cost of private cataract surgery infographic

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost in London

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost in Manchester

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost near Southampton

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost in Cardiff/Wales

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost in Glasgow

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost in Edinburgh

Cataract surgery (one eye) cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £2,699.00
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private slipped disc removal (lower back)

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private slipped disc removal. We were able to get pricing from 11 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation, bar Northern Ireland.

Our research found that the average cost of a private slipped disc removal in August 2021 was £7,988*.
Average cost of private Slipped Disc Removal infographic

Slipped disc removal cost in London

Slipped disc removal cost in Manchester

Slipped disc removal cost near Southampton

Slipped disc removal cost in Cardiff/Wales

Slipped disc removal cost cost in Glasgow

  • BMI Ross Hall Hospital - no price found
  • Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital - no price found

Slipped disc removal cost cost in Edinburgh

Slipped disc removal cost cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - no price found
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private lararoscopic hernia repair

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of private laparoscopic hernia repair. We were able to get pricing from 25 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of private laparoscopic hernia repair in August 2021 was £3,352*.
Average cost of private laparoscopic hernia repair infographic

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost in London

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost in Manchester

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost near Southampton

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost in Cardiff/Wales

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost in Glasgow

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost in Edinburgh

Laparoscopic hernia repair cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £3,677
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private colonoscopy

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private colonoscopy. We were able to get pricing from 23 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of a private colonoscopy in August 2021 was £2,063*.
Average cost of private colonoscopy infographic

Colonoscopy cost in London

Colonoscopy cost in Manchester

Colonoscopy cost near Southampton

Colonoscopy cost in Cardiff/Wales

Colonoscopy cost in Glasgow

Colonoscopy cost in Edinburgh

Colonoscopy cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £2,387
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private gastroscopy

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private gastroscopy. We were able to get pricing from 21 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of a private gastroscopy in August 2021 was £1,670*.
Average cost of private gastroscopy infographic

Gastroscopy cost in London

Gastroscopy cost in Manchester

Gastroscopy cost near Southampton

Gastroscopy cost in Cardiff/Wales

Gastroscopy cost in Glasgow

Gastroscopy cost in Edinburgh

Gastroscopy cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £1,515
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private carpal tunnel release

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of private carpal tunnel release. We were able to get pricing from 26 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of private carpal tunnel release in August 2021 was £1,993*.
Average cost of private carpal tunnel release infographic

Carpal tunnel release cost in London

Carpal tunnel release cost in Manchester

Carpal tunnel release cost near Southampton

Carpal tunnel release cost in Cardiff/Wales

Carpal tunnel release cost in Glasgow

Carpal tunnel release cost in Edinburgh

Carpal tunnel release cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £1,795
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private tonsillectomy

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private tonsillectomy. We were able to get pricing from 15 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of a private tonsillectomy repair in August 2021 was £2,772*
Average cost of private tonsillectomy infographic

Tonsillectomy cost in London

Tonsillectomy cost in Manchester

Tonsillectomy cost near Southampton

Tonsillectomy cost in Cardiff/Wales

  • Nuffield Cardiff & Vale - no price found
  • Spire Cardiff Hospital - £2,550
  • St Josephs Newport - no price found
  • Sancta Maria Hospital Swansea - no price found

Tonsillectomy cost in Glasgow

Tonsillectomy cost in Edinburgh

Tonsillectomy cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £3,601
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private knee arthroscopy

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private knee arthroscopy. We were able to get pricing from 24 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of a private knee arthroscopy in August 2021 was £3,673*.
Average cost of private knee arthroscopy infographic

Knee arthroscopy cost in London

Knee arthroscopy cost in Manchester

Knee arthroscopy cost near Southampton

Knee arthroscopy cost in Cardiff/Wales

Knee arthroscopy cost in Glasgow

Knee arthroscopy cost in Edinburgh

Knee arthroscopy cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £3,701
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private abdominal hysterectomy

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private abdominal hysterectomy. We were able to get pricing from 20 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation.

Our research found that the average cost of a private abdominal hysterectomy in August 2021 was £7,089*.
Average cost of private abdominal hysterectomy infographic

Abdominal hysterectomy cost in London

Abdominal hysterectomy cost in Manchester

Abdominal hysterectomy cost near Southampton

Abdominal hysterectomy cost in Cardiff/Wales

Abdominal hysterectomy cost in Glasgow

Abdominal hysterectomy cost in Edinburgh

Abdominal hysterectomy cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - £7,531
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found

Cost of private shoulder replacement

We went out to 28 private hospitals across the UK to determine the current cost of a private shoulder replacement. We were able to get pricing from 12 of those sampled, with at least one hospital in every nation, bar Northern Ireland.

Our research found that the average cost of a private shoulder replacement in August 2021 was £11,020*.
Average cost of private shoulder replacement infographic

Shoulder replacement cost in London

Shoulder replacement cost in Manchester

Shoulder replacement cost near Southampton

Shoulder replacement cost in Cardiff/Wales

  • Nuffield Cardiff & Vale - no price found
  • Spire Cardiff Hospital - £11,082.00
  • St Josephs Newport - no price found
  • Sancta Maria Hospital Swansea - no price found

Shoulder replacement cost in Glasgow

Shoulder replacement cost in Edinburgh

Shoulder replacement cost in Belfast

  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital - no price found
  • Ulster Independent Clinic - no price found
  • BallyKelly Private Hospital  - no price found
  • Hillsborough Private Hospital  - no price found
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Where to find information about private healthcare treatment costs

There are several ways you can get information about the cost of private healthcare treatment:

  1. Contact private hospitals: The simplest method is to visit the website of the hospital/s you are considering for treatment to obtain a guide price for the treatment you require. Alternatively, you can contact the hospital and speak to someone about your treatment to obtain a quotation. 
  2. Speak to a private health insurer: Many of the UK’s leading health insurance providers will let people “Self-pay” for treatments. Sometimes called pay-as-you-go, self-pay is as the name suggests. To find out more information, speak to the insurer or you can ask us.
  3. Talk to a private healthcare expert: You can talk to us, to get free unbiased advice on the cost of private healthcare. We can help you find the information you’re looking for or at least point you in the right direction.

How to pay for private medical treatments

Primarily there are three ways to pay for private medical treatments: private medical insurance, self-pay or a medical loan.

Private Medical Insurance

Private medical insurance often called private health insurance will pay for a large number of treatments you may require. Depending on the provider, policy and your own medical history, which treatments will and won’t be covered will differ.

Self-pay

Self-pay is a popular method of paying for private healthcare treatments and as the name suggests, you pay the hospital directly for the treatment you require. The cost of treatment will vary based on all of the factors we mentioned earlier in this article, and your best route for self-pay is to contact the hospitals directly. 

Medical Loan

The final option is to get a medical loan which spreads the cost of the treatment over your chosen amount of time. This is the perfect arrangement for anyone that doesn’t have private medical insurance and perhaps doesn’t have the spare cash to pay for the treatment upfront.