, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 354-355
Date: 08 Oct 2013

Prophylactic Central Neck Dissection Increases the Cost of Thyroid Cancer Care

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Over the past several decades, health care spending has risen faster than any other segment of the United States economy and continues to rise.1 Media attention has been focused on health care costs since the introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which aims to reduce costs of health care while improving outcomes. Physicians are in the best position to determine which treatments are effective and which patients benefit most, and they are more cognizant than ever of the mandate to spend our limited health care dollars wisely. Cost minimization should be the goal of every physician, as long as quality of care does not diminish.

The incidence of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is increasing in the United States, but thankfully survival is excellent compared with many other cancers. Patients diagnosed when the disease is limited to the thyroid gland are nearly always cured with thyroidectomy. Unfortunately, regional lymph node metastases from PTC are very com ...

This is an editorial to the article available at doi: 10.1245/s10434-013-3234-9.