Over the past few weeks on Breakfast we've been investigating some of the hidden costs of being treated by the NHS.
We've put a price tag on some of the NHS' treatments
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 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)
Does the cost of NHS treatments surprise you? And are you bothered if you don't get out of the sytem what you've put into it?
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