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Operations (Cost)

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the approximate average cost to the National Health Service of the following operations (i) heart transplant, (ii) kidney transplant, (iii) liver transplant, (iv) heart by-pass, (v) heart valve replacement, (vi) hysterectomy, (vii) hip replacement, (viii) knee replacement, (ix) in vitro fertilisation and (x) abortion.

We do not routinely make estimates of the costs of individual operations. Such information as is available for seven of the operations listed is based on special studies. This has, where necessary, been revalued to take account of inflation. Details of treatments and length of stay in hospital may have changed since the studies were done. The figures are therefore only approximate.

Heart transplant115,000
Kidney transplant27,400
Coronary artery bypass graft3,300
Heart valve replacement5,000
Total hip replacement3,300
1 Including additional costs in the year of operation.
2 Based on 1981 study.
3 Based on 1982 study.