Today it is far more common to receive healthcare outside of hospital. In all areas of the country community healthcare, as it is called, is being opened up to private companies, Your scan or blood test, your child’s hearing test or your friend’s home birth, could all be performed by private companies funded, but not run by the NHS.
Virgin, Specsaver and Inhealth are amongst the firms moving into this area, but competition for public funds is growing with 105 providers given the go ahead, whilst over 2000 applied.
Department of Health's guide to choice and outsourcing (AQP) 2012
The GPs who are cutting hospital admissions 19 March 2013
GPs 'can beat private providers' 1 February 2013
GPs don't have the time to 'tour' patients through NHS changes 17 January 2013
Health firms told to get set for £20bn NHS bonanza 18 September 2012