Definition of private patient noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


private patient

BrE BrE//ˌpraɪvət ˈpeɪʃnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpraɪvət ˈpeɪʃnt//
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(in Britain) a person who is treated by a doctor outside the National Health Service and who pays for their treatment Culture People choose to be private patients because they believe they will receive better care and will not have to wait. Some private patients make regular payments to insurance companies, which then provide care when the patient needs it.