2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. Founded in 1948 by then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, as one of the major social reforms under Clement Attlee's Labour government following the end of WWII, the founding principals were that services should be comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery.
Impressively, the NHS has managed to maintain these principals through successive governments over this remarkable length of time, providing high quality care to all whenever needed. It remains the only service of its kind in the world.
But do we take the NHS for granted? Providing such a service doesn't come without substantial costs. The NHS in England alone costs £110 billion every year to run, and believe it or not treats a million people every 36 hours. Newspaper headlines and TV news features about our health service being under strain and suggesting it is unsustainable are nothing new, but do we as individuals fully understand the costs involved in the care we receive?
A new infographic from online pharmacy, Pharmacyoutlet looks at the cost beyond the medicines we pay for. Running a close eye over how much it takes to care for us, the graphic explores the average cost of common services and treatments such as doctor’s appointments, individual blood tests, and even x-rays.
The infographic reveals stark statistics including:
- The average cost of an x-ray with report: £25
- The average cost of a liver transplant: £70,018
- The average cost of a natural birth, without complications: £1,824
So, let's take a look at this eye-opening graphic...
Hitesh Dodhia for Pharmacyoutlet commented:
“We wanted to raise awareness of the true costs involved in the healthcare system we know and love. We’re all very aware of our prescription costs however, when it comes to key treatments and procedures, we’re in the dark as to how much money it really takes to carry them out.
“Looking to the future, now the NHS is past its’ 70th Birthday, it’s important to know the full facts surrounding our healthcare and its’ running costs. Having this information would ensure we can have a proper debate about how we protect it going forward.”
Pharmacy Outlet’s mission is to provide advice and health support for everyday needs. We work together with our customers and their families, to ensure they are living a better and healthier life.
We are a Registered UK Pharmacy based in Camberley, Surrey. As a local pharmacy based in the community, we have great experience and regular interaction with our customers and patients. This helps us to understand the needs of our customers better. We believe in providing the same level of service online that you would expect in your local pharmacy.