Some time ago I was advised to have an MRI scan by a cardiologist whom I went to see privately. The clinic charged £850 for the test and the consultant who interpreted the findings charged £150. (Not that the cost matters in this case).
Subsequently I was hospitalised after presenting to A&E with sepsis which then manifested itself as endocarditis, resulting in a nine week hospital stay.
During this time my original NHS consultant who had been looking after my AF and HF decided to have a look at my scan, firstly to do her own interpretation, and secondly as a means to comparison with a previous one which she had organised some time before.
Apparently the scan itself is the property of the clinic who carried out the procedure, and my payment was for the use of their equipment, so neither I nor my consultant may have access to it. This necessitates another one being carried out in a couple of weeks with the cost being borne by the NHS. What a waste! I thought I was saving government money, but not so apparently!