Cost Containment and Efficiency in Perioperative Care
One trillion dollars will be spent in the U.S. on health care during 1996, the result of five consecutive double digit annual increases. Health care costs have risen faster than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in all but 3 years since 1960 and at the current growth rate are projected to be 18% of the GNP by the year 2000. Factors affecting the increase in health care expenditures include an increase in population number with a shift in population age and severity of illness, medical inflation in excess of the economy-wide inflation, and advanced (expensive) technological innovation as well as ineffectiveness of current cost-containment measures. In addition, the greatest contributor to the rising costs of health care may be the administration of health care delivery, estimated to be upwards of 30–40% of recent increases in health care costs.
KeywordsCoronary Artery Bypass Graft Pulse Oximetry Pulse Oximeter Pulmonary Artery Catheter Health Care Expenditure
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