A self-pay gastroscopy is a procedure where a patient pays for a gastroscopy out-of-pocket, rather than through a private health insurance policy or 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.
Self-pay gastroscopies 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 gastroscopy 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 gastroscopy 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.