§ 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.