This study examined just how much robots add to the cost of procedures in which they are used and found an average uptick of $3,568 per operation. That additional cost was apportioned between costs of the instruments and accessories, the cost of the robot system and the cost of the service contract.
The authors note that one company is largely the provider, and therefore stakeholder, in this technology, and that their total revenue in 2017 was $3.1 billion. Hmmm.
Rick and I remind everyone that outcomes for robotic procedures are not shown to be superior, although it is possible that cost savings relative to shorter hospital stays will emerge.
In the meantime, we feel that some aspect of the “latest and greatest” is compelling robotic surgery, and hope that good sense will prevail as data call into question robot use.
Until next week, y’all listen up and make healthy choices.