Could anyone tell me why you still need a doctors referral to have private medical tests done? If I am paying for it I should be able to get it done at a hospital or clinic that supplies the test for payment, after all it saves the NHS money. It is a weird system that favours doctors not patients. Second opinions are the same, your doctors not likely to send you to someone whose going to contradict the original opinion, now are they !! So although the NHS is cash straped we still have to get a doctors referral to pay for our own tests, so much for modernising the system.