A private gastroscopy is a medical procedure in which a patient pays for a gastroscopy through a private health insurance policy or out-of-pocket, rather than through the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.
A gastroscopy is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube with a camera at one end (called an endoscope) is passed down the throat and into the stomach to examine the digestive tract. The procedure is commonly used to diagnose and treat conditions such as acid reflux, indigestion, and stomach ulcers.
In a private gastroscopy, the procedure is performed in a private hospital or clinic, and the cost of the procedure is usually covered by a private health insurance policy or paid for out-of-pocket by the patient. Private gastroscopies are usually performed by a consultant gastroenterologist, and the patient typically has a shorter waiting time for the procedure than they would if they were on the NHS.
While a private gastroscopy is a more convenient and potentially quicker option, it is also usually more expensive than an NHS gastroscopy. It’s important to carefully consider the cost and benefits of a private gastroscopy and to discuss any questions or concerns with a medical professional before making a decision.