September 27, 2014

Opting for the Cheaper Cut

1 Knowing the Costs Affects Surgical Choices

If patients knew the actual cost of proposed surgeries in advance, which is rare in U.S. health care, they would often make their decisions on how to proceed based on the bottom line. That's the implication of a University of Utah study which found that parents of children who required appendectomies, when given the choice two procedures--open surgery or laparoscopy--that were equal in safety and hospitalization time, chose the cheaper open surgery procedure in 63 percent of the cases, more than double the percentage of parents who chose it without the benefit of pricing information. Moreover, one-third of those who received the pricing information called the $1,554 cost difference the primary factor in their decision, and 90 percent were grateful for the information.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: FDA Mulls Bariatric Surgery Option for Teens

Tags: Health Care Costs, Cost of Surgeries, Lowing Costs of Surgery, Hospital Economics, Lowering Costs of Medical Treatment

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