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Minimally invasive surgery Increases the cost of treatment

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6924.340b (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:340
  1. P M Cuckow
  1. Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX.

    EDITOR, - H David Banta's assertion that the shorter stay in hospital of patients undergoing laparoscopy reduces the cost of their treatment is probably unfounded.1 Hospital costs based on an average price per patient day fail to account adequately for the resources used by individual patients. I performed a cost survey of a urology unit and devised a method of costing specific to patients that takes theatre …

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