§ Sir Michael McNair-Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give the latest figure for the cost of a kidney transplant, heart lung transplant, lung transplant, liver transplant and transplants of other parts of the body; and if he will separately give the cost of the drug regime required to sustain the transplant within the human body on an annual basis.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The cost of organ transplantation varies between units and according to the complexity of the case. The figures represent the latest estimate of the likely range of costs involved in 1989–90 prices;
- Hearts between £15,000 and £20,000
- Livers between £20,000 and £30,000
- Kidney around £10,000
No estimate is available of the cost of other organs.
Information is not collected centrally of the annual cost of the drug regime required to sustain organ transplants.