In this guide, we detail the average cost of many of the most common private medical treatments in the UK. We've been out to 25 private hospitals across the UK to provide you with meaningful average costs of private surgery.
The prices shown below are averages based on quotations from 27 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.
Source: myTribe Insurance - Private Surgery Research August 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are several ways you can pay for private treatment in the UK:
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.
If your budget is tight, read this article which explains how to reduce of health insurance and find a cheap policy.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: This information is general and what is best for you will depend on your personal circumstances. Please speak with a financial adviser or do your own research before making a decision.
Unfortunately, private health insurance doesn't cover any condition you've suffered symptoms from or received treatment for in the past five years.
The average cost of a private hysterectomy in the UK is £8,014 (August 2023).
However, prices vary significantly depending on where you live, with cities such as London typically being more expensive.
The UK's average cost of private knee replacement surgery is £14,449 (August 2023).
Your location will affect the price you pay, so please get in touch with local private healthcare providers for accurate pricing.
The average cost of private hip replacement surgery in the UK is currently £13,402 (August 2023).
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.
The average cost of adult circumcision is currently £2,512 - based on quotes from 25 private hospitals across the UK in August 2023.
The average cost of private carpel tunnel surgery in the UK is £2,088 (August 2023).
The average cost of private cataract surgery in the UK is £2,775 (August 2023).
The average cost of a private colonoscopy in the UK is £2,200 (August 2023).
The average cost of private ear pinning surgery for both ears is £3,780 (August 2023).
On average, private gall bladder removal surgery costs £6,620 (August 2023).
The average cost for private bunion removal is £5,350 (August 2023).
The average cost of a tummy tuck in the UK is £7,615 (August 2023).
A private vasectomy costs, on average, £1,785 (August 2023).
Vasectomy reversal surgery costs £3,765 in the UK (August 2023).
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The average cost for a private tonsillectomy is £3,084 (August 2023).
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*Based on 461 quotes between 01/22-01/23