How Much Have I Cost The NHS? Here’s A Price Guide
If you’re wondering ‘how much have I cost the NHS?’ then here are the prices as we look at how much things would cost without the free health service.
If you are a woman aged 20-24 and you have visited your GP five times in the last year, then it has cost the NHS an estimated £1,061.
Currently, the prescription charge is £9 per item which includes common-use items such as inhalers, antibiotics and blood pressure tables. But with rumours of NHS privatisation and the terrifying news of health prices in the US, just how much would healthcare cost without our treasured National Health Service?
GP Appointment – £30
More than 15 million GP appointments are wasted each year after patients don’t turn up bringing the total cost of wasted appointments in a year to over £216million.
EpiPen – £45-90
It is estimated that 44% of adults in the UK suffer from at least one allergy and around 250,000 people rely on the auto-injectors in the UK.
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Asthma Prescription – £123
This long-term condition affects around 5.4 million people in the UK.
Contraception – £15 – £45
The pill is still the most prescribed form of contraception with over 3 million people being prescribed by GP’s in 2017-18.
Currently, the contraceptive pill is free on the NHS and the prescription charge is waved.
Broken Bones – Up To £1,100
The prices, on average, would be:
- Broken Arm – £500
- Broken Leg – £1,100
- Sprain – £680
With surgery, the price can increase by a few thousand.
Having A Baby Without Complications – £2,790 – £5,000
2,060 babies are born every day in the UK.
With complications, the price can shoot up by a few thousand pounds. Epidurals cost around £1,395. Ultrasounds cost about £302. Caesareans cost around £3781.
A&E Visit/Ambulance Call Out – £80 – £254
With around 19 thousand ambulances called out each day in the UK, the cost soon racks up. Meanwhile an A&E visit costs about £80.55.
Overnight Hospital Stay – £400
NHS England will spend around £440 one each hospital stay. And with hospital stays generally lasting up to a week, this amount can soon rack up.
MRI Scan – £130
MRI scans provide detailed images of inside the body. MRI’s scan pretty much any part of the body including the brain, bones, heart and blood vessels and internal organs.
Hip Replacements – £8925
With around 100,000 taking place each year, they have certainly cost the NHS a fair amount.