In October 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (the "CMA") published the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014 (the "Order") following its investigation into the private healthcare industry.
The Order imposed requirements on private hospital operators to disclose information in relation to referring clinicians (as defined by the Order) for the benefit of patients.
Full details about the investigation and the Order can be found on the CMA web page.
Newmedica private healthcare services are delivered through fee rates and packages agreed between Newmedica practices and private patients or medical insurers. Consultants employed by or engaged by Newmedica do not levy fees directly to private patients or medical insurers in relation to private healthcare services provided by a Newmedica practice. All referrals are received by Newmedica from optometrists, general practitioners or from private patients. Clinicians who hold practicing privileges at a Newmedica practice, may offer the Newmedica practice as a choice to their patients. Should patients choose to be treated at a Newmedica practice, they will become Newmedica patients at this point that choice is made. These clinicians are advised to make appropriate disclosures at the point where any choice is offered.
Newmedica does not:
- Offer Direct Incentives to referring clinicians.
- Provide Higher Value Services to referring clinicians.
Newmedica, in the course of providing NHS and private healthcare services, does provide some or all of the following activities that are classed as Low Value Services:
(a) general services provided to ensure clinical safety, including in-house training; operational services such as patient admission, administrative services and billing, and insurance or indemnity cover in respect of the treatment of national health service patients;
(b) basic workplace amenities, including free tea and coffee, subsidised meals provided on-site, stationery and parking spaces;
(c) general marketing, including production of consultant directories and general promotional events;
(d) general corporate hospitality.