Private patients get vital scans months earlier
DOCTORS have exposed the huge divide in waiting times between public and private patients who need hospital scans for potentially serious illnesses.
A survey of almost 300 doctors found that while a private patient can get an ultrasound scan in four days, a public patient would have to wait an average of 14 weeks.
The GPs said a public patient needing a CT scan would face a delay of 16 weeks compared to just 5.5 days if they had private cover. When it comes to an MRI scan, a public patient can wait 22 weeks while a private patient is seen within seven working days.
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