NHS overcharged for private surgeryBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1158-e (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1158
- Owen Dyer
The NHS continues to be overcharged for surgery contracted out to private health providers, according to recently published figures from the financial year 2002-3.
The NHS reference cost for a coronary bypass operation is £6320 ($11 280; €9496), but 1600 such operations were done on NHS patients by private contractors last year at an average cost of £12 060—an extra 91%. The NHS spent an average £4660 on each hipreplacement done by its own staff but paid an average of £6848 for private hip replacements.
Health minister John Hutton admitted when the NHS reference costs were published that operations done …