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Key points of this subject

  1. Private healthcare means paying outside the NHS for the health services you want.
  2. Choosing to pay for mental health services can have advantages, including a better choice of when and where you are treated.
  3. You can access private mental healthcare in different ways. Most of the time it is best to ask your GP about a referral.
  4. Private mental healthcare is generally quite expensive. This depends on what type of service you need.
  5. You can complain about a service if you are not happy.

Within this subject

  1. Overview
  2. What is private mental healthcare?
  3. Why would I choose to go private?
  4. How do I access private mental healthcare?
  5. How do I pay for private mental healthcare?
  6. What are my rights?
  7. Next steps

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