Hospitals profit from surgical complications
(ABC) -- Surgery is big business for hospitals – roughly $400 billion annually in the United States.
According to a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association those profits soar when there are complications after surgery.
Researchers compiled data from more than 34,000 surgical inpatients discharged in 2010.
They found when privately insured patients have post surgical complications, hospital profits jump from $17,000 to $56,000 compared to patients with no complications. That’s a whopping 330 percent increase.
The results of the study suggest that hospitals would be hurt financially if there were fewer surgical complications.
Hospitals may be less inclined to implements measure to reduce those complications.
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