There is a paucity of research regarding the contribution of « low-cost » technologies to the escalation of medical costs in the United States.
We examined total charges for medical and surgical supplies (MSS) among all hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries in 1994 ; a total of US $16.8 billion was spent on MSS, or $1,397 per hospitalization.
For selected surgical procedures, both the proportion of total hospital charges attributed to MSS and the mean charge per hospitalization were considerably higher.
Concerns regarding excessive payments for MSS and the lack of accountability by the Medicare program are discussed.
Itemization of MSS supplies may serve to eliminate wasteful use and lead to decreased costs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Intervention, Chirurgie, Matériel technique, Coût, Répartition coût, Hospitalisation, Economie santé, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Operation, Surgery, Technical equipment, Costs, Cost breakdown, Hospitalization, Health economy, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0110803
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 22/06/1998.