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Could knowing the price of NHS treatments help patients grasp their true value?

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I did this for an article in the Middlesex Hospital Journal in 1967! Simply giving staff an indication of what everything cost. It did realign thinking, and might have reduced waste if the idea had been taken up. Patients might be concerned to know 'what it costs', yet we tell taxpayers what aircraft carriers cost, and we constantly tell them how much more the NHS could do with. 'Indicative costings' could be used, not the cost of every item or transaction (which would cost a fortune to administer). So: "Please be advised that a standard course of this class of antibiotic costs the NHS around £xxx."; "A joint replacement such as has been recommended for you costs the NHS around £zzz."

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20 Oct 2018

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10:13am

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