Thursday, 13 February 1992
Dáil Éireann Debate
107. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health if he will outline the number of organ transplants which took place in Ireland in 1991; and if he will further outline (1) the type of transplant which took place and (2) the overall cost.
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Connell): In 1991, 14 heart transplants, 138 kidney transplants and 112 cornea transplants were performed in this country at an approximate overall cost of £2.6 million.
The cost of transplant operations varies significantly from patient to patient and on the type of transplant performed. The approximate figure that I have given includes costs for the operation and the immediate post-operative care. In some cases additional costs are incurred particularly for medication for some time after the transplant operation.
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