Written Answers. - Organ Transplants.

Thursday, 13 February 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 415 No. 7

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  107.  Mr. Allen  Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen   asked the Minister for Health  Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell   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.

[1879]Minister for Health (Dr. O'Connell): Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. 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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