Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (575)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

686 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the average cost of treating patients in accident and emergency departments in each of the major Dublin teaching hospitals. [1445/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The following tabular statement outlines the average cost of treating such patients. The cost per attendance relates to 2002, the latest year for which data is available and is based on cost and activity information provided by each hospital.

Hospital

Adelaide, Meath and National Children's

205

Beaumont

210

James Connolly Memorial

343

Mater Misericordiae

197

St. James's

262

St. Vincent's

256

The cost per attendance includes direct pay and non-pay costs together with allocations of various medical services, laboratories and overheads such as maintenance and administration.

There are a number of factors that influence the cost per attendance. For example, cost allocation methodology and physical layout of a department. A major factor is the number of patients attending. The number of attendances for the hospitals listed above ranges between 25,868 for the James Connolly Memorial Hospital to 72,678 for the Adelaide, Meath and National Children's Hospital.

Hospitals must always be able to treat complex emergency cases. It is a major fixed cost in the running of an accident and emergency department. This, together with the throughput issue, are the main reasons for the variation in cost per attendance outlined above.

Question No. 687 answered with QuestionNo. 659.