Private Patient Income

Private patient income (PPI) is a measure of the private patient activity. For example, The Royal Marsden FT had a PPI of £51m in 2011/12, which was 22% of the trust’s patient income and represents a large number of private patients being treated at the trust. Most trusts justify treating private patients by claiming that the profits from treating private patients are re-invested in providing services for NHS patients. However, the PPI figure gives no information about how much money from private patients will be re-invested in NHS care since a trust could be inefficient at treating private patients and may not return any revenue to the trust. The spirit of the 2006 NHS Act is to restrict the private patient activity, not to restrict the financial contribution private patients make to a trust.

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