Reference costs 2013-14

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 November 2014
Health Services
Social welfare
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Reference costs are the average unit cost to the NHS of providing defined services to NHS patients in England in a given financial year and are collected annually by the Department. The accuracy of the data has improved year on year due to refinements in the guidance and the collection process. Understanding the cost of patient care is an essential element in determining and setting appropriate prices. The reference costs also provide a wealth of data about the cost of delivering NHS services which are also widely used by the Department, it’s Arms Length Bodies (ALBs), and the wider healthcare community.

This document supports the publication of 2013-14 reference costs, which give the most comprehensive picture available about how 244 NHS providers (98 NHS trusts and 146 NHS foundation trusts) spent £58.3bn delivering healthcare to patients in 2013-14.