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Robotic surgery is going mainstream: Watch for healthcare costs to skyrocketAug 25, 2010 09:35 EDT
In their recent paper, Drs Gabriel I Barbash and Sherry A Glied report on an important rise in healthcare costs due to the increasing adoption of robotic surgery. They pose a fundamental question: why adopt new technologies that have not been validated by randomized clinical trials, appear to offer no advantage to patient outcomes, and are more expensive than existing procedures?
What are your thoughts on robotic surgery? Important trail-blazing technology or unnecessary, not yet validated, and a driver of healthcare costs?
Barbash GI, Glied SA. New technology and health care costs: The case of robot-assisted surgery. N Engl J Med 2010; 363:701-704. Available here.