Kaiser Foundation Critical of High Costs of Robotic Surgery

Posted by Paul Rheingold, Esq.

Kaiserhealthnews.org recently published an article which points out that the medical insurance premiums all of us pay are being raised because hospitals and doctors are using robotic surgery where ordinary surgery would be equally good. Purchasing one of the machines can cost $2 million and then hundreds of thousands of dollar in yearly maintenance.

The article also pointed out that hospitals felt they had no choice but to buy these machines, since they are in competition with other hospitals. It concludes by observing that studies so far failed to show that surgical outcomes with the robot were any better or safer than ordinary surgery.