HC Deb 06 November 2002 vol 392 c443W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of an in-patient operation on(a) the NHS and (b) a private hospital was in the last 12 months. [78695]

Mr. Hutton

Information on the average cost of a wide range of treatments and procedures carried out in the National Health Service is included in the national schedule of reference costs. Reference costs for 2001–2002 were published on 1 November. They may be found at www.doh.gov.uk/nhsexec/refcosts.htm and a copy has been placed in the Library. The Department does not collect information on the average cost of operations carried out in private hospitals.

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