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Bill of health: find out how much you’ve cost the NHS with this interactive quiz

Go.Compare’s NHS calculator reveals the surprising costs of prescriptions, A&E trips and medical treatment

With the NHS under increasing financial pressure, Go.Compare has created an online calculator to help Brits appreciate how much appointments and procedures cost the NHS on average.

With funding cuts, strikes and record waiting times, the NHS is facing a number of challenges - despite this, NHS England alone expects to spend a staggering £153 billion looking after its residents’ health in 2022-23.*

With Go.Compare’s interactive quiz, we can see just how much we’re costing the cash-strapped NHS - and some of the figures might come as a surprise. The quiz allows you to choose how many times you have visited the GP or Accident and Emergency, as well as the cost of any missed appointments. Emergency services like ambulance call-outs are also included, as well as childbirth, broken bones, and long-term illnesses like diabetes.

After choosing procedures and appointments, users get a combined estimated cost of all the treatment they have received. Alongside this, by inputting their salary the tool can determine roughly how much they are contributing to the NHS each year through taxes.

How much does it cost?



Cataract surgery


Wisdom teeth removal




Heart failure


Liver transplant


Gallbladder removal


Kidney transplant




Hip replacement


Hernia operation


Knee replacement


GP appointment




Missed outpatient appointment


Overnight hospital stay


Ambulance call-out


Called 999


A&E visit




Natural childbirth


IVF (one round)


Chest x-ray


MRI scan


Diabetes treatment


Asthma prescription


Broken arm


Broken leg


Broken hand


Broken rib or chest






Gastric band


Varicose veins






OSA surgery


Manon Jones, Health Insurance spokesperson at Go.Compare, said: “With funding cuts and ever-tightening government purse strings, financial constraints on the NHS are always hitting the headlines. However, the money needed to keep the NHS running is significant - and the costs of all the treatment we receive is an important and increasing factor in this.

“Though prescription charges are currently £9.65 in England,*** each prescription actually costs the NHS £28. Visits to the GP, which are free on the NHS, also come at a cost of £30 each.

“It may come as a surprise to learn that a single missed outpatient appointment costs the NHS approximately £120. With an estimated 7.8 million appointments missed each year,** this equates to a staggering £936,000,000 wasted,” Manon added.

“We hope by using Go.Compare’s NHS calculator, people can appreciate the scale of the funding needed by our health service - and how vital it is, for both everyday services and emergencies, too.”

Calculate your cost to the NHS with Go.Compare’s Bill of Health calculator, here: https://www.gocompare.com/health-insurance/the-bill-of-health/.


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Lynsey Walden or Kath Chadwick at Go.Compare on lynsey.walden@gocompare.com or kathryn.chadwick@gocompare.com.

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About Go.Compare

Go.Compare is a comparison website that enables people to compare the costs and features of a wide variety of insurance policies, financial products and energy tariffs.

It does not charge people to use its services and does not accept advertising or sponsored listings, so all product comparisons are unbiased. Go.Compare makes its money through fees paid by the providers of products that appear on its various comparison services when a customer buys through the site.

When it launched in 2006, it was the first comparison site to focus on displaying policy details rather than just listing prices, with the aim of helping people to make better-informed decisions when buying their insurance. It is this approach to comparing products that secured the company an invitation to join the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) in 2008, and it is still the only comparison site to be a member of this organisation.

Go.Compare has remained dedicated to helping people choose the most appropriate products rather than just the cheapest and works with Defaqto, the independent financial researcher, to integrate additional policy information into a number of its insurance comparison services. This allows people to compare up to an extra 30 features of cover.

Go.Compare is part of Future Plc and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

More information can be found here www.gocompare.com or here https://www.futureplc.com/brands/.