Surgery: Costs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the NHS was of a (a) hip replacement, (b) knee replacement, (c) cataract operation and (d) hernia operation in each of the last three years.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Data for the estimated average unit cost to National Health Service providers in 2014-15 to 2016-17 for a hip replacement, knee replacement, cataract operation and hernia operation is shown in the following table. The data is sourced from reference costs, which are the average unit cost to the NHS of providing defined services to NHS patients in England in a given financial year.

Average unit cost per one finished consultant episode

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Hip replacement

£6,793

£7,090

£7,032

Knee replacement

£5,944

£6,253

£6,181

Cataract operation

£747

£805

£811

Hernia operation

£2,193

£2,331

£2,308

The costs cover one episode of care under one consultant and do not include other elements of the patient pathway such as outpatient appointments. Data for 2017-18 is not yet available.

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