What price care?
The first part of our National Health Report took some common and not-so-common procedures and treatments – including natural birth, abdominal hernia repair, liver transplant, cosmetic surgery, IVF, stomach by-pass, treatment for sleep apnoea, hip replacements and treatment for alcohol abuse and asked our survey respondents to estimate the base cost – usually excluding pre-treatment, GP appointments, post-procedure care and follow-up.
Rarely did respondents have any true idea of cost, and in many cases, they significantly underestimated them. However, when it came to septorhinoplasty (a ‘nose job’), respondents were less than £500 out – probably a reflection of the high awareness of cosmetic surgery costs because of its high profile in the media and growing acceptance in society as a way of “improving” looks and/or slowing the ageing process.
Delving deeper, we then asked our respondents how they felt about some of those same treatments and procedures being freely available on the NHS if they were needed as a result of poor lifestyle choices – a liver transplant for an alcoholic for instance, or purely for cosmetic or lifestyle reasons.
For example, Benenden survey respondents came nowhere near an accurate estimation of the average cost of a liver transplant. The average assumed cost of £12,279 fell short by a whopping £57,000 of the actual amount with a third (33%) believing the cost would be no more than £2,300; one in five (20%), estimated that the procedure would be between £5,000 and £10,000.
Find out how accurate perceptions of other common treatments and surgeries (e.g. hip replacement, gastric by-pass, natural birth, etc.) are by downloading the full report.
Back to National Health Report 2015 overview.