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Date:5/11/2012

tients, 1,035 (or 13.96%) underwent laparoscopic surgery.

Other findings include:

  • By 2007, patients were 12.5 times more likely to undergo laparoscopy compared to 2002.
  • The price of colectomy procedures was 17.5% lower in 2007 than in 2002.

"Our results carry important implications for health policy and hospital financing beyond the particular procedure studied," the researchers wrote. "(I)n certain cases, adoption of novel procedures may not necessarily drive prices higher, but rather, it may result in price discounts and real savings."


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George Washington University
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