The doctor won’t see you now: the role of technology to support participatory health care
Last year, there were 338,082 non-emergency, planned hospital out-patient appointments in England every day (NHS Digital, 2019).
Or if you like really big numbers, 123.4 million appointments in total. I’ll say that again: 123.4 million hospital appointments. In one year. If you like even bigger numbers, consider that each appointment costs the NHS on average £120. In fact, such is the sheer scale of hospital outpatient attendance, a 2017 report by the King's Fund found that they account for almost 85% of all hospital-based activity within the NHS.
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