HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c126W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS is of(a) hip replacement, (b) knee replacement, (c) heart bypass surgery and (d) cataract operations. [75547]

Mr. Hutton

The national average costs of the listed procedures in 2000–01 are as follows:

Primary hip replacement £4,179
Primary knee replacement £4,576
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft £5,483
—Phakeoemulsification cataract with lens implant £583
—Other cataract extraction with lens implant £572


Reference Costs 2001

The costs quoted are for elective inpatient stays for the first three procedures listed. Cataract surgery is primarily performed as a day case procedure, and the costs shown for cataract extraction are based on day case activity. If any procedure requires a stay in critical care, these costs are not included in the above figures but are reported separately. The time, and therefore associated costs, spent in critical care is patient specific and is therefore excluded.

The 2001–02 figures are currently being compiled and will be available shortly.