Thursday, April 8, 2010
Better stop doing what works!
One of the things that has helped decrease costs was the rise of the ambulatory surgery centers. These are outpatient centers that can do many different types of surgeries. Because they do not have the overhead of the hospitals, they were able to do surgeries for far lest cost. Medicare and insurance companies recognized this and reimbursed them less, but since these were private enterprises, they flourised. A great example, is that a cholecystectomy costs is 2/3 cheaper to have in a surgery center. So, in their great healthcare bill, what did Congress and the President do? Medicare will no longer allow cases to be done in surgery centers. So, it wants to pay 2 times as much for the same thing! Good thing these guys are in charge of the economy!