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Private hospitals are creating a new North South divide by charging vastly different prices for identical operations, it has emerged.

Surgery can cost about 5,000 more in London than in the North
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A rising number of patients apart from those with private medical insurance are choosing to dip into their
wholesale cheap oakley sunglasses savings to pay for their operation in order to jump lengthy queues for NHS treatment.

Many could save themselves hundreds or even thousands of pounds by travelling to another area for the surgery, the magazine makes clear.

A survey comparing prices of three operations up and down the country shows that being treated privately in London is
cheap oakley sunglasses the most expensive, Newcastle upon Tyne is the cheapest and Birmingham is halfway between the two.

For removing a cataract, the cheapest quotation for day surgery under local anaesthetic was 1,600 in Newcastle. The highest was 2,065 in London.

There were also differences in the prices quoted by the same hospital operator. BMI
oakleys sunglasses charged 1,850 for a cataract operation in Blackburn, 2,400 in Birmingham and 2,535
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Hernia operations were 1,086 in Newcastle and 1,850 in London.

BUPA quoted 1,457 for hernia surgery in Newcastle, 1,570 in Birmingham and 1,700 in London.

The cost of a hip replacement ranged from 5,000 in Newcastle, including a ten night hospital stay, to 10,950 in London with only seven nights in hospital.

Kaye McIntosh, editor of Health Which?, said: ‘If you’re paying for a private operation it’s clearly cheaper to have it carried out in the North East. But it’s important to check exactly what service you are buying ask what the surgeon’s success rates and qualifications are and talk to your GP.

‘Whatever the pros and cons of going private, it’s clear that far fewer people would be using their savings to pay for treatment if NHS waiting lists were shorter.’

Operations such as cataract removal or hip replacement are among the most common in private hospitals because they are considered ‘non urgent’ and NHS patients have long waits for them.

In the early 1990s, patients paying for their own operation, rather than through medical insurance, were 13 per cent of the private total.

The figure has jumped to 20 per cent and is
cheap wholesale oakleys expected to rise to 25 per cent in the next two years.

Peter Fermoy, spokesman for the Independent Health Care Association, said yesterday: ‘I don’t perceive there to be a
fake oakley wholesale North South divide.

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