King’s Fund: The University of York

Estimating the costs of specialised care: updated analysis using data for 2009/10
This research shows that hospitals should receive additional funding in recognition of the higher costs associated with providing some types of specialised care. The researchers analyse the impact that specialised care has on costs for 12.9 million NHS patients treated in hospital during 2009/10. They found that many types of specialised care do not impose significant additional costs. But for some services, patients who received specialised care had higher costs than otherwise similar patients who do not.

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