A self-pay colonoscopy is a procedure in which a patient pays for a colonoscopy out-of-pocket, rather than through a private health insurance policy or the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.
A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube with a camera at one end (called a colonoscope) is passed into the rectum and colon to examine the inside of the large intestine. The procedure is used to diagnose and treat conditions such as colon polyps, diverticulitis, and colorectal cancer.
Self-pay colonoscopies are usually performed in private hospitals or clinics, and the cost of the procedure is usually higher than if it was covered by a private health insurance policy or the NHS. However, for patients who do not have private health insurance or are not eligible for NHS treatment, a self-pay colonoscopy may be a good option if they want a quicker and more convenient option.
It’s important to carefully consider the cost and benefits of a self-pay colonoscopy and to discuss any questions or concerns with a medical professional before making a decision. You may also want to compare prices and services offered by different private hospitals and clinics before making a final decision.