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The costs of specialised care

Patients requiring specialised care are usually treated by specialist teams with particular expertise and equipment.

Concentrating services in this way should be cost-effective, but there is concern that national tariffs might not fully reflect the true costs associated with treating patients that require specialised care. This is because the healthcare resource groups (HRGs) used to categorise patients, and on which national tariffs are based, may not accurately differentiate between patients that do and do not receive specialised care.

This analysis aims to identify whether patients received specialised care and evaluate how much higher their costs are compared to those allocated to the same HRG.