TURLOCK — Surgery is big business. In 2009, Americans underwent 48 million procedures at a cost of more than $166 billion, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the Affordable Care Act rolls out, and businesses pass more of the cost on to employees through higher deductibles and premiums, more patients are shouldering a bigger portion of the cost for surgery. The pressure is on to get that cost down.
Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) position themselves as cost-effective and convenient alternatives to traditional hospitals offering cost relief to both patients and the health care system without sacrificing the quality of surgical care.
“As patients take more responsibility for their health care, they need to know that they have an opportunity to utilize ASCs and the benefits they provide,” said California Ambulatory Surgery Association Executive Director Elizabeth LaBouyer... Read More