For the large number of people using private medical insurance to pay for their treatment, their consultant's fee will be usually be covered by their insurer. However, if you are interested in paying directly for private healthcare - known as ‘self-pay’ - it's important to know what you will have to pay. Here we take you through some of the key elements, including an interactive chart to explore and understand your UK consultant’s fees.

If you are thinking of paying for your own treatment directly - a popular way to fund individual procedures, such as knee replacements or cataract operations - it is important that you understand the total price you will have to pay. 

Our guide to ‘What (self-pay and insured) patients should know about private consultants' fees’ provides details on the different ways you can be charged for your treatment, and the unexpected costs to look out for, and the interactive guide below can give you a better idea of the costs involved.

In summary, your consultant will charge professional fees for:

  • an initial consultation,
  • the procedure itself
  • follow-up consultations.

It is important to note that the hospital and consultant anaesthetist fees may not be included in the above.

The majority of consultants with profiles on our website display their typical fee information. However, if they don’t, or you want to compare their prices against others, then the interactive chart below (which is regularly updated) can help you better understand the financial implications of your choice of consultant/hospital.

Self-pay price guide

It is only a guide, and it is worth knowing that if your procedure is particularly complicated then it could cost significantly more.

To use the chart, simply select your procedure and choose your region. The graph will filter to show you the range of fees 8 out of 10 consultants have indicated they will charge. You can then compare the fees for your consultant with the average of all consultants in your region.

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