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Can You Guess How Much It Actually Costs The NHS To Look After You?

The NHS has a budget of well over £100 billion a year. But treatment is expensive and hospitals around the country are having to make some pretty tough decisions. Just how much does it cost to keep us healthy?

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  1. 1.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £11
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £37
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £48
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £73
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's £37, according to the Personal Social Services Research Unit.

  2. 2.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £8.77
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £11.34
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £17.87
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £22.43
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In 2012, the government stated that the figure had risen 10% in two years, to £8.77.

  3. 3.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £4.99
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £9.50
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £14.23
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £22.50
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's £9.50, according to details from NHS Grampian in 2014, reported in the Sunday Post.

  4. 4.

    Correct
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    £43
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £118
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £174
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £218
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It costs £218, according to data released by the government in November 2014.

  5. 5.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £431
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £817
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1,044
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1,422
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's fairly common and it can cost a lot for an individual. £1044, according to figures from NHS Leicester.

  6. 6.

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    Incorrect
    £13 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £27 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £51 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £135 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A guide by the Royal College of Surgeons shows that the figure for all tonsil removal operations in 2012 was £51 million.

  7. 7.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £849
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £2,543
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £2,687
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £5,459
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Turns out hip replacement operations are pretty expensive, according to data from NHS Leicester City Leicestershire County that puts the figure at £5,459.

  8. 8.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £81
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £112
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £198
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £225
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's £225, according to NHS England.

  9. 9.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £15
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £31
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £65
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £108
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Each missed hospital appointment costs £108 – and there are 6.9 million missed outpatient hospital appointments each year, according to the NHS.

  10. 10.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £34 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £108 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £162 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    There are apparently 12 million missed GP appointments every year, according to the NHS. It costs £162 million.

  11. 11.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £468
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £793
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1,285
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1,932
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A level 3 intensive-care bed costs £1,932 a night, according to NHS Wales.

  12. 12.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £480
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £917
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1,720
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £2,300
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It costs £2,300 just to do the life-saving operation (not including equipment and accommodation).

  13. 13.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £4,000
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £300,000
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £845,000
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1.5 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's £1.5 million – equivalent to 10% of the budget for NHS England and Wales.

  14. 14.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £340
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £670
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £900
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1,340
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The operation costs £900 per eye, according to the Department of Health.

  15. 15.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £50
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £150
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £250
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £350
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It costs £250, according to an NHS group in Croydon.

  16. 16.

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    £110 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £220 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £410 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £560 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    £560 million, and that's just factoring in rheumatoid arthritis.

  17. 17.

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    Incorrect
    £400 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £800 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £1.6 billion
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £2.4 billion
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 1.6 billion, and the number of claims has gone up by 18% since March 2013, according to the Financial Times.

  18. 18.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    £10 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £30 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £50 million
    Correct
    Incorrect
    £60 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Fourteen million prescriptions cost the government a total of £60 million in 2006–07.

BuzzFeed obtained the statistics from Channel 4, which is broadcasting the first in a four-part documentary called NHS: £2 Billion a Week & Counting on Monday 23 February at 9pm.

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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