NHS threat to pioneering £75,000 heart transplant method which has saved more than 60 lives

01 September 2018 – Daily Mail

A pioneering heart transplant method which has saved dozens of lives is now threatened because the NHS won’t foot the bill.

Surgeons say the procedure, which keeps donor hearts beating until they can be transplanted, will reduce patient waiting lists.

Each ‘heart-in-a-box’ operation costs £75,000 rather than the £50,000 for a standard transplant because of the cost of maintaining each box and the expensive single-use parts involved.

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