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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 05:23 GMT 06:23 UK
NHS: what we give and what we get
Julia Botfield, with graphics, reporting for Breakfast
We've put a price tag on some of the NHS' treatments
Over the past few weeks on Breakfast we've been investigating some of the hidden costs of being treated by the NHS.

Many of you have complained about charges for using hospital car parks, fees for having a phone beside your bed, or for watching TV.

You've told us you resent paying because you feel you've already paid enough for healthcare through your taxes.

But how much healthcare does the average person's tax bill actually buy?

With new drugs, such as the breast cancer treatment Herceptin costing up to 20,000 per patient, can we expect the NHS to continue to foot the bill?

This morning on Breakfast:

Julia Botfield reported live from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. She talked to a liver surgeon and a transplant patient who's discovered that her treatment costs more than her house.

  • We discussed whether the NHS can carry on in its present form, with Roy Lilley, who used to run an NHS Trust

    Crunching the numbers

    Using statistics provided by the government's Office of National Statistics, the Treasury and the National Health Service, we've been doing some maths.

    The NHS spent an average of 277 per person last year. But that hides huge disparities, between those who booked a routine appointment with their GP - or those unlucky enough to need treatment for cancer, kidney failure or other life-threatening conditions.

    What you put in:

  • A person on the average wage of just under 22,500 last year paid in 757.12 to the NHS, through their National Insurance contributions.

    What you told Breakfast
    I was staggered at some of the costs involved... This certainly brought it home to me how much my own treatment for cancer has cost the NHS during the past 12 months.
    Trevor Pearson, West Yorkshire

    What you get back:

    We've used publicly available information to put a price tag on some of the NHS' treatments. Please remember, these are average costs: each individual case is different and each hospital has different running costs.

  • One routine 10 minute appointment with your GP: 24 (with no prescription)
  • One visit to Accident and Emergency: 106
  • One routine birth, no complications for mother or baby: 825 (rising to 1,400 with complications)
  • One caesarean section: with no complications 1,944; with complications: 2,700
  • Ante-natal appointments: between 116 and 170 each.
  • Asthma: without complications 666; with complications 1,176
  • One visit to a Family Planning Clinic: 44
  • Broken leg: 2,000 - 3,500
  • Hip replacement: 4,600 - 7,000
  • Cancer treatment: chemotherapy and radiotherapy 35,000
  • Breast cancer drug Herceptin: 21,000 for one year's treatment
  • Leukaemia drug Glyvec 25,000
  • Kidney dialysis: three sessions a week: 750
  • Heart transplant: 31,635
  • Liver transplant: 77,000 (for a lifetime's care)

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    How much does your treatment cost?
    Julia Botfield puts a price tag on some common procedures

    Can the NHS afford it?
    We talked to former NHS Trust chief, Roy Lilley

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