Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to costs of other NHS providers

Published on: 17th August 2015 | Updated on: 28th March 2022

This page contains facts, stats and quotes relating to costs of other NHS providers that LPC members may find useful when writing business cases or developing resources to support the commissioning of certain services.

This page is ‘work in progress’ and will continue to be updated with new facts, stats and quotes.

Facts, stats and quotes on other topics can be accessed on the Essential facts, stats and quotes page.

Primary Care Foundation, Out of hours benchmark – Index and summary (accessed February 2016)

  • The average cost per head for an out-of-hours service is £8.72 with each case costing £61.14.

Department of Health, Reference costs 2014/15 (November 2015)

  • The average cost of seeing a consultant in A&E is £132.

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), Unit costs of health and social care 2015

  • The cost of a 11.7 minute surgery visit with a GP costs between £33-44 (dependent on whether qualification costs and  direct staff care costs are included).
  • The national average to see, treat and convey an ambulance service is £231.

National Audit Office, Out-of-hours GP services in England (September 2014)

  • The national average cost-per-head of out-of-hours GP services in 2013/14 was £7.50, drawing on survey data, but there was wide variation between contracts. Because most members of the public seldom use out-of-hours GP services, the cost-per-case was higher: a national average cost, for opted-out services, of £68.30 in 2013/14, again with significant variation between contracts. This compares with an average cost per A&E attendance of between £69 and £129.15.

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