The NHS price list shows that patients could be charged up to £8,500 for operations, as a part of the new My Choice programme.
According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, the threat of privatised healthcare is become a very real possibility, as patients could pay absurd prices to cover procedures.
Since the Conservatives took charge in 2010, one of the key concerns amongst the public has been whether or not the NHS will be privatised.
Already, patients at NHS Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust have voiced their concerns over the potential pricing.
The My Choice programme was introduced back in 2013 at Halton Hospitals, resulting in patients being denied treatment for varicose veins.
However, the list of surgeries that aren’t covered has now been extended to conditions that require expensive surgical procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.
Essentially, it’s become so that if the surgery doesn’t think you require urgent attention, you should cover the costs.
But the trust has insisted that it’s not privatisation, stating: “All procedures are carried out as part of the Trust’s normal elective programme.”
To view the full range of surgeries that are deemed as ‘low priority,’ click here.