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PHIN launches 2017-18 Annual Report

Today the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has published its Annual Report for the financial year 2017-18, outlining progress made towards the implementation of the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014.

The report provides an update on PHIN's key achievements in the last year, including the publication of the first performance measures for over 1,000 consultants with a private healthcare practice in the UK.

For the first time, PHIN’s Annual Report outlines annual statistics on activity across private healthcare in the UK in 2017.
  • Of the 811k private admissions in 2017, 75% were funded through insurance while 25% were self-funded. ​
  • The most common private procedure was cataract surgery, with over 50k operations throughout the year.
  • Knee Arthroscopy was the only procedure in the top ten most common procedures in 2017 which decreased in volumes from 2016, with a fall of 11%.

The report also looks ahead to PHIN's priorities next year, which will see Article 22 of the Order come into force, ushering in greater transparency in the cost of private treatment for patients through the publication of consultants' fees. Later next year PHIN plans to publish the first safety indicators for hospitals. We will begin with the never event measures that require less statistical modelling.

The report can be downloaded here.