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going private



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Mar 21, 2009
My husband wants me to look into going private for a pyschiatrist/psychologist because the NHS are as we all know in the most part, as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. I just wondered if anyone had been down this route and approx how much it costs. He says it doesn't matter about the money but I know it would just be something else for me to panic about!!


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Mar 17, 2008
I know for an iniial consultation with a specialist (not particuarly Psychitry) its is usally a couple of hundred and then depends on how many folluw up appoinments or treatment... not sure about medication costs or is they are trandferable back to the NHS


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Aug 3, 2009
I've no experience of private MH care. I've had some poor NHS MH care, which was more down to me, altho I sometimes think that they could have tried harder, and I have had some fantastic MH care from the NHS. I do have issues with these private types, it seems a bit parasitic and elitist, to me... I've probably started an arguement saying that...I do apologise...I'd like to give private a go, just to see what they come up with tho'...:evil:


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Oct 25, 2008
Hi Unlucky,

I don't know very much about care within the private MH sector however this was something I had discussed with my boss at one stage. She has private medical insurance which she paid a lump sum for and therefore any treatment received is covered by that insurance.

If the costing involved is a concern for you it may ne worth while looking into that. We discussed it has she thought it might be a line I could try considering how long NHS waiting lists are. Private waiting times do not compare in anyway.

Good luck and I hope you get some really good advice.

Jo x
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