A growing number of US patients are being monitored by an anesthesiologist during endoscopies and colonoscopies, suggests a new study, a practice adding more than a billion dollars to health costs every year

March 2012
MondayMorning;3/26/2012, Vol. 20 Issue 13, p1
The article presents information about a study according to which more than a billion dollars are being added to health costs every year as growing number of patients in the U.S. are monitored by anesthesiologists while undergoing endoscopies and colonoscopies. It is mentioned that the fee-for-service healthcare system involves reimbursement of doctors performing gastrointestinal procedures at the same rate whether sedatives are used or not. Such practices add about 150 dollars on the bill.


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