The cost of laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy in a community hospital.

Title

The cost of laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy in a community hospital.

Creator

Vanek V W; Bourguet C C

Publisher

Surgical endoscopy

Date

1995
1995-03

Description

This retrospective study reviewed the hospital and professional costs, charges, and reimbursements for laparoscopic cholecystectomy (lap chole) and open cholecystectomy (open chole) and compared the two procedures. There was no significant difference in hospital costs between lap and open chole procedures; however, there were marked differences in the categories of costs for each procedure. The mean total (hospital and professional) charge was 8% greater for lap chole. The mean total (hospital and professional) reimbursement for patients with private insurance was 23% greater for lap chole, but no significant difference was seen for patients on Medicare or Medicaid. Lap chole patients returned to work 11 days sooner than open chole patients; this can result in a 69% decrease in short-term disability costs to employers. The clinical variables that significantly affect total charges and reimbursement are discussed.

Subject

Case-Control Studies; Cholecystectomy; Cholecystectomy/*economics; Community; Fees; Female; Health; Hospital Charges/statistics & numerical data; Hospital Costs/statistics & numerical data; Hospitals; Humans; Insurance; Laparoscopic/*economics; Male; Medicaid/economics; Medical/statistics & numerical data; Medicare/economics; Middle Aged; Ohio; Reimbursement/statistics & numerical data; Retrospective Studies; United States

Identifier

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

314–323; discussion 324

Issue

3

Volume

9

Citation

Vanek V W; Bourguet C C, “The cost of laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy in a community hospital.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 16, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3137.

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