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What does a Pint/Litre of Blood cost a Patient when needed in Hospital these days?

I am amazed to see and hear that the The Blood banks in and around the country are always looking for stocks , and always around the holiday periods. What do the Blood Transfusion Service Charge the Hospitals for the said Pint or litre, They get it Free, so why do the hospitals charge those pruces, whatever they are.Maybe we should charge the BTS for our blood too!

Yummy-mummy - That's my point, if you had to give a pint for your op, why did they then charge the Med Aid, Have you queried it, because eventually, it come out of your Med Savings. I reckon, should be Law, everybody who can (and I say this tongue in cheek) give a Pint /litre whichever, should be made to , and get given remuneration for said pint, some will argue that the drug addicts will take advantage, but that can be got around too! But hey, nothing for nothing these days, only if in the Government, Right ?
32 mths ago

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If you do not have a Medical Aid, you die! I really cannot afford it.

32 mths ago

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Fortunately I haven't been in that situation to receive blood, but I guess it must be very expensive.....

32 mths ago

Yes the Blood Transfusion Service may receive donations of Blood for Free, however it costs the service money to receive the blood, process the blood and store the blood. Not to mention the cost to run the service and pay staff. The Blood service do not bill the hospital, but the patient directly. I assume that state hospitals do however buy the Blood or receive it for free. When my daughter was born premature the hospital held one unit (don’t know if that was a full unit or a childs unit) of blood on stand-by which had to be replaced ever 2-3 days (for a month). If I recall correctly The Blood Service billed me approx R1,100 per unit (2009). However as a Blood donor myself, the Blood service waived all the accounts and I received the Blood for free (because it was for my daughter and not myself I did first have to write to the service, but there were no problems).

32 mths ago

i had a operation and before hand, had to donate blood TO MYSELF to use for the operation...the hospital chargewd the Medical Aid over R2000 PER UNIT for my own bloody blood!!!!! And the A-holes payed it!!!!!!!

32 mths ago

Blood banks collect, test, and store blood. They carefully screen all donated blood for possible infectious agents, such as viruses, that could make you sick. Blood bank staff also screen each blood donation to find out whether it's type A, B, AB, or O and whether it's Rh-positive or Rh-negative. Getting a blood type that doesn't work with your own blood type will make you very sick. That's why blood banks are very careful when they test the blood. To prepare blood for a transfusion, some blood banks remove white blood cells. This process is called white cell or leukocyte (LU-ko-site) reduction. Although rare, some people are allergic to white blood cells in donated blood. Removing these cells makes allergic reactions less likely. Not all transfusions use blood donated from a stranger. If you're going to have surgery, you may need a blood transfusion because of blood loss during the operation. If it's surgery that you're able to schedule months in advance, your doctor may ask whether you would like to use your own blood, rather than donated blood. If you choose to use your own blood, you will need to have blood drawn one or more times prior to the surgery. A blood bank will store your blood for your use. Alternatives to Blood Transfusions Researchers are trying to find ways to make blood. There's currently no man-made alternative to human blood. However, researchers have developed medicines that may help do the job of some blood parts. For example, some people who have kidney problems can now take a medicine called erythropoietin that helps their bodies make more red blood cells. This means they may need fewer blood transfusions. Surgeons try to reduce the amount of blood lost during surgery so that fewer patients need blood transfusions. Sometimes they can collect and reuse the blood for the patient.


32 mths ago

It used to be over R800 over 7 years ago

32 mths ago

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