Eyesight: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs of a patient who presents with eye conditions as a first point of call (a) a GP, (b) a hospital eye service, (c) an accident and emergency department and (d) a primary eye care acute referral scheme.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is shown in the following table:

Estimated unit costs of a patient contact , 2012-13
Type of patient contact Unit cost (£)
General practitioner (GP) consultation1 37
First consultant-led appointment in an ophthalmology out-patient clinic2 108
Accident and emergency attendance3 130
Primary eye care acute referral scheme 4
1 The Department does not collect information on the unit cost of a GP consultation. An estimate of £37 per patient contact lasting 11.7 minutes, including direct care staff costs and excluding qualification costs, is included in page 198 of Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2013 at: www.pssru.ac.uk/project-pages/unit-costs/2013/ The data do not separately identify patients presenting with eye conditions or any other conditions. 2 The average unit cost of first, face-to-face, consultant-led contacts in ophthalmology, medical ophthalmology and paediatric ophthalmology, weighted for activity. The information is from reference costs, which are the unit costs to NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts of providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients, collected annually and published by the Department for 2012-13 at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-reference-costs-2012-to-2013 3The average unit of cost of accident and emergency attendances from 2012-13 reference costs. Includes attendances resulting in and not resulting in an admission. Excludes attendances submitted against Healthcare Resource Groups (HRGs) for Emergency Medicine, Dental Care (VB10Z) and Emergency Medicine, No Investigation with No Significant Treatment (VB11Z). The data do not separately identify patients presenting with eye conditions or any other conditions. 4 Not known. Sources: 2012/13 reference costs, Department of Health Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2013, Personal Social Services Research Unit.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.