Table 1

Unit costs of health care services
Item [source] Unit Cost Notes
GP and practice nurse
GP [16] Per surgery consultation lasting between 11.7 minutes and 17.2 minutes £44.5 Page 167
Average of £36 (short visit) and £53 (long visit)
Nurse (GP practice) [16] Per consultation £12 Page 164
Hospital based activity (outpatient clinics, emergency and elective admissions)
Outpatient activity [17] Unit of activity £98 Outpatient Attendances Data
Elective admissions [17] Unit of activity £1612 Elective inpatient HRG
The unit cost was derived as a weighted average of all the activities that had duration of 1 day (similar to the duration of elective admissions for IBS dataset)
Emergency admissions (for duration of stay 1 nights, 2 days) [17] Event £134 Accident and Emergency Services: leading to Admitted. The unit cost was derived as a weighted average of all the activities.
Emergency admissions (for duration of stay 0 nights, 1 day) [17] Event £103 Accident and Emergency Services: not Leading to Admitted. The unit cost was derived as a weighted average of all the activities.
Other NHS professionals (hospital or community based)
Physiotherapist Occupational therapist [16] Clinic visit £17 Page 151
Chiropodist/Podiatrist [16] Clinic visit £11 Page 154
Counsellor [16] Surgery consultation £71 Page 78
Community psychiatric nurse (CPN) [16] One hour of face-to-face contact £56 Page 160
Psychologist/Psychiatrist/ Psychotherapist [16] One hour of client contact £81 Page 155. Assume psychiatrist and psychotherapist as well
Mental health [16] Per hour of face-to-face contact £70 Page 184. Assume involvement of community mental health team
Radiology/X-ray [17] Unit of activity £27 Outpatient Attendances Data
Diagnostic imaging
Ophthalmology/Eye care/Retinopathy [17] Unit of activity £80 Outpatient Attendances Data
Gynaecology/Colposcopy [17] Unit of activity £112 Outpatient Attendances Data
Family planning [17] Unit of activity £59 Outpatient Attendances Data for
Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic (previously referred to as Family Planning Clinic)
Midwife [17] Antenatal visit £46 Community Midwifery Services: Visits
Postnatal visit £58
Urology [17] Unit of activity £99 Outpatient Attendances Data
Medical Gastroenterology Sigmoidoscopy/Colonoscopy [17] Unit of activity £123 Outpatient Attendances Data
Neurology [17] Unit of activity £166 Outpatient Attendances Data
Acupuncture sessions
Initial session [18] Session £47.5 Initial sessions usually cost between £35 and £60, and further sessions between £25 and £50.
Further session [18] Session £37.5 Unit costs calculated as average of two values

Stamuli et al.

Stamuli et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:149   doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-149

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