There are regularly stories (either in the news or viral) about howmuchAmericanhealthcarecosts. I’ve blogged in the past about some of the causes. British healthcare is free at the point of delivery, so the patient doesn’t see the cost and people don’t know how expensive healthcare should be. But British internal prices are public information, so it’s easy to see approximately how much things cost in a well-run health service.
The prices do, however, need some interpreting and the government’s “simple guide” runs to 72 pages. I’m going to explain the system in a single (long) blog post. And then I’m going to take estimates of how much a British hospital bill would get for each of the linked hospital costs. The current costs are here (next year’s includes a 3.8% “efficiency saving” (read: underfunding)).
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