If you’re feeling a little under the weather when you’re living in London, then Harley Street is the place to head to; if you’ve got the cash to splash out on your visit to the doctor.
Harley Street is found just west of London in the borough of Westminster. It is one of the many streets in London, where the industry all revolves around a specific subject. Doctors started moving into Harley Street and the surrounds during the 1860’s and with the proximity to good transport and large hospitals the area soon became known as the place to be for the medical profession. The largest concentration of private doctors, medical specialists and surgeons can be found in the area and today there are over 3000 healthcare professionals working in and around Harley Street and at the hospitals nearby.
This health care treatment comes at a cost and unless you have a good medical insurance scheme, then many of the consultation fees will seem exorbitant. It is however, the home of some of the best specialists in London and England, and you can get an appointment through your local NHS doctor if you need specialist care.
Private health care is extremely expensive in the United Kingdom and many people use the NHS provided by the government, which is efficient and gives excellent health care. Bupa UK is one of the leading private health insurance companies and many people have a top-up scheme rather than full private health care. Over the past couple of years though, many people have been choosing smaller medical aid companies that over more flexibility and options; if you’re only moving to London for a year or so, this may be a more convenient and less expensive choice.
Remember that private health care does not automatically mean that it is better when you’re living in London. This is especially important for people moving to the UK from the US – the NHS is a phenomenal system that really works, and you won’t have to pay at all. For non-emergency care, you’ll wait longer for an NHS appointment, but many of the top specialists in London are working in NHS hospitals. For emergency care, you won’t get any better facilities than the NHS hospitals, even if you do go private; there are often limits on the post operative treatment at private hospitals.