Colonoscopies at Hospitals Cost Medicare 164% More Than Offices
Colonoscopies cost Medicare 164% more when they’re performed in a hospital outpatient department rather than independent physician offices, according to a recent report by Physicians Advocacy Institute and Avalere.
The study showed the stark disparity in payment between settings based on ownership. “Hospital consolidation pushes healthcare costs upward,” said Robert Seligson, president of Physicians Advocacy Institute. “The impact of hospitals owning outpatient practices places a greater financial burden on Medicare beneficiaries and on taxpayers.”
My personal opinion is that for healthy patients of almost any age, Medicare or not, the outpatient office-based solution is more convenient, less costly, and adheres to the same quality standards as the hospital. I’ve had patients comment that they were in and out of the office in less time than it took them to park at the hospital, and they would never consider going back there for a routine colonoscopy.
There are some things that a smaller scale operation achieves more efficiently. Cost is certainly one item, but attention to the individual patient–the thing most lacking in institutionalized medicine–is the biggest factor.
-Manoj K. Mehta, MD
4 thoughts on “Colonoscopies at Hospitals Cost Medicare 164% More Than Offices”
My procedure was done in St. Mary’s Hospital two months ago ! So it costs Medicare more …..
Unless we show some basic fiscal responsibility–like not letting hospitals and government payors collude to keep prices up–we’ll never get a hold of the health care finance crisis.
As a cancer survivor who has annual colonoscopies, this doctor is terrific!
Thank you, Joyce! It’s been my pleasure to help care for you and your family all these years!