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August 1996

Short-Stay Outpatient Tonsillectomy-Reply

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Albuquerque, NM

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(8):897-898. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890200085020

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In our article entitled "Short-Stay Outpatient Tonsillectomy," we defined specific complications of tonsillectomy and determined whether the length of the postoperative recovery period was a predictor of specific complication rates. The data supported that a shorter length of postoperative observation after tonsillectomy did not adversely affect complication rates. Our study did not, nor did Dr Berry, present data regarding postoperative pain from outpatient pediatric tonsillectomy.

We believe the cost of medical care is an important and relevant subject for discussion. All available evidence shows that the United States has the most expensive health care in the world, but there is no evidence that we have the best health care. More expensive care does not necessarily mean better care. For example, despite the high cost of health care, the United States does not have the lowest infant mortality rates or the highest immunization rates.

Although we recognize the value

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