NHS Grampian has £3m annual bill sending patients private
NHS Grampian has spent about £3m a year sending patients for treatment at a private hospital in Glasgow, BBC Scotland has learned.
The figure for treatment costs at BMI Ross Hall was revealed following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
NHS Grampian said it was not always possible to treat people locally.
Patients are offered the option of being referred out with the area when "clinically appropriate".
A spokesperson said: "We are committed to meeting waiting time targets for all patients.
"Currently it is not always possible for us to do this locally, mainly due to local capacity. When this is the case and it is clinically appropriate we offer the patient the option of being referred outwith NHS Grampian.
"Patients referred to BMI Ross Hall are for routine procedures."