Costs for emergency general surgery (EGS) currently exceed those of treating diabetes, myocardial infarctions, and new cancer diagnoses.1 What is now a national burden will soon become a crisis, with annual costs projected to reach more than $40 billion by 2060.2 Public health policy has been slow to address this looming catastrophe partly because the concept of “emergency general surgery” has been difficult to characterize and measure.
Paul MG. The Public Health Crisis in Emergency General SurgeryWho Will Pay the Price and Bear the Burden?. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):e160640. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0640