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Out-patients: Per Capita Costs

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per outpatient attendance was across all specialties in each year since 1997-98. (254532)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Average cost, based on Trust or Trust and PCT data submitted

Average cost per outpatient attendance across all specialties1 (£)

1997-98

2

2

1998-99

Trusts only

56

1999-2000

Trusts only

73

2000-01

Trusts and PCTs

78

2001-02

Trusts and PCTs

86

2002-03

Trusts and PCTs

92

2003-04

Trusts and PCTs

98

2004-05

Trusts and PCTs

105

2005-06

Trusts and PCTs

102

2006-073

Trusts and PCTs

91

1 The effect of inflation has not been accounted for in these figures. Were the figures to be adjusted for inflation (using the latest GDP deflator), this would give an average real terms increase in average cost of around 3.6 per cent. per year.

2 Out-patient attendance cost data was not collected in 1997-98.

3 2006-07 is the most recent year for which data has been published.

Source:

National Schedule of Reference Costs

There have been a number of changes to the reference costs collection during the period covered by these figures. They generally fall into two key areas: (i) changes to the scope of the data collected (for example, over time an increased number of treatment function codes (TFCs) have been collected), and (ii) greater disaggregation over time (for example, separately collecting non-consultant-led activity from 2006-07). The changes over time mean that it is difficult to make comparisons between years without fully understanding the underlying changes. The figures presented are based on the full scope of outpatient attendance costs collected in Reference Costs in each year, and are therefore the most accurate reflection of the average cost per outpatient attendance in each year, based on the data collected.