As well as how much you’ve contributed to it
By Jenny Cook
It’s predicted that NHS England will spend around £123.7bn looking after our health in 2017/18 – but do you know how much you’ve contributed to that cost so far?
GoCompare.com have created an interactive tool that allows users to calculate how much the NHS has spent on their treatments, including GP appointments, prescriptions, operations and A&E visits. You can also find out how much you contribute to the NHS each year by inputting your annual salary
According to the calculator, common services such as GP appointments and prescriptions cost £45 and £41.35 respectively, while simply calling 999 can add £64.59 to the bill. The cost of giving birth can vary quite drastically, with a caesarean section costing almost £1,800 more than a natural birth.
Broken bones also prove rather costly at £500 for a broken arm and £1,100 for a leg. On top of this, common surgeries knee and hip replacements came in at £6,500 and £8,925 respectively. Addressing NHS spending in this year’s Autumn Budget speech, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said:
“We acknowledge that the [NHS] remains under pressure and today we respond. First, we will deliver an additional £10 billion package of capital investment over the course of this Parliament to support the Sustainability and Transformation plans which will make our NHS more resilient… Investing for an NHS which is fit for the future.”
“We also recognise that the NHS is under pressure right now. I am therefore exceptionally, and outside the Spending Review process, making an additional commitment of resource funding of £2.8 billion to the NHS in England. £350 million immediately to allow trusts to plan for this winter, and £1.6 billion in 2018-19, with the balance in 19-20, taking the extra resource into the NHS next year to £3.75 billion in total… Meaning that it will receive a £7.5 billion increase to its resource budget over this year and next year.”
Simple changes, such as cancelling a GP appointment you no longer plan on going to and cancelling repeat prescriptions you don’t need can help save the NHS money. Additionally, being clued up on what to do in medical situations can also help take the strain off ambulance services by reducing the number of needless 999 calls and unnecessary ambulance call outs.