It doesn’t cost much to make a huge change in someone’s life. A formula created by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics allows us to calculate the “full cost of production” of each prosthetic and orthotic device by taking into account the cost of everything used to produce it.
This formula brings out an average price of £175, which is also the full cost of production of a trans-tibial prosthesis. The same device through the NHS in Scotland would cost around £4,500 to make, and closer to £10,000 if you were buying it privately. The Scottish device is made from superior materials and components and its function and comfort will usually be better – but both devices achieve the same basic purpose of getting the patient mobile, able to work, go to school and participate in community life – making £175 look like a complete bargain!
These are the most commonly supplied prosthetic and orthotic devices/components with their range of full cost of production prices. Just click on a device to find out how it works, when it is used and how it can transform a real person’s life.
Because these prices include all costs of production – from imported components and local supplies to labour and utilities – if you contribute to their cost, you won’t just get people moving, you’ll also ensure that the service continues for future generations, because this pricing model is aimed at making services self-sustaining.
These prices are for adult devices. Children’s prostheses are a bit more expensive as the components are more intricate, but orthoses for children tend to be a bit cheaper as less materials are used.