Wednesday, January 2, 2013

High Cost of Robots

I'll have more on the Da Vinci robotic surgery phenomenon in the near future.  But a good taste of what's to come is nicely elucidated by this article in Archives, describing the ungodly costs of taking a perfectly good operation (in this case open thyroidectomy) and foisting the robotic technique on it:

Results The relative costs calculated were $2668 for ST vs $5795 for RT. This represents a 217% increased cost of RT compared with ST. The mean operative times were 113 minutes for ST vs 137 minutes for RT.

Nothing like doubling the cost of a medical procedure in this era of cost containment.  Sounds like a winner.    

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