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Surgery: Costs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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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 England in each year since 2013.

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

The information is shown in the following table.

Estimated average unit cost to National Health Service providers in 2014-15 to 2017-18

Average unit cost per one finished consultant episode





Hip replacement





Knee replacement





Cataract operation





Hernia operation





Source: NHS Improvement Reference Costs

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