Questions about private healthcare?
Ask our specialist nurses any questions you have about private healthcare and pancreatic cancer.
We know that sometimes people consider private healthcare for pancreatic cancer.
If you are thinking about private healthcare, you should speak to your GP or NHS consultant. They will give you information that is relevant to your circumstances. This will help you understand your options and decide whether NHS, private healthcare, or a combination of both is best for you.
You should also speak to your GP or NHS consultant if you are thinking about private healthcare outside the UK. They may not know about the healthcare system of the country you are planning to go to, but might be able to help you think about the pros and cons.
The information on our website is based on NHS care. It might not show the experience of being treated in a private hospital. For example, the health professionals looking after you may be different in a private hospital than if you were in an NHS hospital.
Private care is healthcare that you, or your health insurance if you have it, pays for.
If you are thinking about going private for a second opinion, it might be sensible to also keep any existing NHS appointments.
The type of treatment you get in a private hospital is likely to be similar to what you would get in an NHS hospital. You may have more direct contact with your consultant in a private hospital. But you may have less access to other health professionals, like a specialist nurse or dietitian.
You can have NHS treatment at the same time as paying for extra private treatment. There are some rules about how this works. Read the government guidance about this.
You can pay for your treatment from your own money or through your health insurance. It’s really important to know the details of your health insurance policy, if that’s how you are going to pay. Check that your policy will cover all your tests and treatment. Look out for limits or restrictions on what they will cover, for example limits on the number of rounds of treatment like chemotherapy.
Be aware that some doctors are registered with certain private health insurance companies. If you want to see a particular doctor, check that they are on your health insurance company’s list of providers.
Published July 2023
Review date July 2025