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A transcript of a lecture given by Peter Yellowless (PE) at a British Pain Society Philosophy and Ethics meeting was published in Pain News in March 2012. In these times of austerity it makes very interesting reading as it suggests that pain clinics are anything but cost effective.
PE states that it costs £80m per year to run the UK pain services and that they see only 0.04% of the population. £80m would pay for Childline for four years or for 11,000 hip replacements.
Further he quotes IASP News in January 2011: “The outcome literature suggests that
only a minority of patients with chronic non-
Analysis of the figures suggests that a patient gaining ANY measurable benefit costs £7500. Further to this the average duration of pain before getting into a pain management programme is eight years!