How each year of life saved from Covid-19 costs £180,000: Statistician claims the price of rescuing a coronavirus patient is six times higher than the NHS threshold for other diseases | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

How each year of life saved from Covid-19 costs £180,000: Statistician claims the price of rescuing a coronavirus patient is six times higher than the NHS threshold for other diseases

The cost of adding one more year of life to someone who is dying of coronavirus is more than five times higher than the maximum the NHS can spend on other illnesses, according to a statistician.

Professor Simon Wood, from the University of Edinburgh, has calculated that it costs approximately £180,000 per extra year of life to rescue a dying Covid-19 patient.

Writing in The Spectator, Professor Wood said that decisions made by the Government may mean people catching the virus end up having considerably more money spent on them than others who will later die young as a result of lockdowns.

Generally, he said, the NHS watchdog will only spend up to £30,000 per year of life on any new treatment, deeming any higher cost a bad cost-to-benefit ratio.

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