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America’s rising healthcare costs, in tandem with 82 million un- or underinsured medical consumers, have given rise to a startling trend of medical refugees. In 2020, more than two million American patients will travel to another country in search of more affordable medical treatment, up nearly tenfold from around 250,000 medical travelers just a decade ago.
Source: News Wire
Typically, when you’re sick, hurt, or not feeling well, you go to a hospital to see a doctor. In the near future, that won’t necessarily be the case: The United States medical system has become increasingly expensive and too often dangerous to one’s health. That’s why some are actively trying to change things.
The FDA has given 510(k) clearance to the IMAGINA Endoscopy System, an endoscopy platform for gastrointestinal procedures at ambulatory surgery centers, according to a press release from the manufacturer, PENTAX Medical. “It’s a completely new concept in endoscopy, featuring new technology that delivers superior visualization with an attractive cost model,” Stepan Suchanek, MD, PhD, of the Centre for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in Czech Republic, said in the release.
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Source: Serbin Medical Billing
New and interesting and complex procedures such as cardiology, orthopedic and spine are being performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) which makes this a particularly interesting time for the space. The trends driving these more complex procedures into the ASC setting include cost savings, technological advancements, convenience, safety and outcomes, as well as an aging population.
Source: Becker’s AC Review
Present healthcare reform focuses on cost-optimization and quality improvement. Spine surgery has garnered particular attention; owing to its costly nature. Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) present a potential avenue for expenditure reduction. While the economic advantage of ASCs is being defined, cost saving should not come at the expense of quality or safety.
Source: Global Spine Journal