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Table 3 Cost per patient difference for the 85.46 patients who NHSD Recommended to go to A&E

From: A cost-minimisation study of 1,001 NHS Direct users

Patients stated first alternative was: Frequency Unit Cost Patient stated 1st Alternative Total Cost  
Call 999 2.84 344 £977.63  
A&E 48.26 111 £5,356.73
GP/GP Practice 23.74 19.17 £455.12
Walk-In Centre 3.04 28 £85.02
Pharmacist 0.47 4 £1.89 Cost-per patient difference
Dentist £0.00 £57.00 £0.00 NHS Direct Recommendation to attend A&E - Cost per patient £111.00
Do nothing/Treat at home £7.10 £0.00 £0.00 Patient stated 1st Alternatives - Cost per patient £80.47
Total Patients Recommended by NHS Direct to attend A & E 85.46   Cost per patient difference £30.53
Cost per A & E visit £111.00  
NHSD recommendation Total Cost £9,485.73 Total cost of Patient stated alternative options to NHS Direct recommendation £6,876.39