HC Deb 29 March 1976 vol 908 c401W
Mr. Clemitson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average cost to the National Health Service of the purchase and installation of a kidney unit.

Dr. Owen

The initial cost of a kidney machine is between £2,500 and £3,500, plus £1,500 for associated equipment. The provision of accommodation for dialysis in a patient's home can involve adapting an existing room, building an extension or providing a transportable "cabin" unit, which may be re-used. Costs vary widely according to the type of provision and location. They may range from £600–£700 for a simple adaptation, up to £1,800 or more when a "cabin" unit is used or the adaptations are complicated.