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September 1984

Good Surgery Is Good Economy

Arch Surg. 1984;119(9):1001. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390210005001

In this issue of the Archives, the article "Hospital Costs of Surgical Complications"1 has an immensely important message for any person interested in the costs and benefits of medical and surgical care in the United States, and surely this list of interested persons includes all surgeons! The message is that the most economical form of surgery is that which is most effective and most clearly results in clean primary healing and an uneventful hospital discharge and, if a lasting disease has been at stake, its total and effective removal or repair.

See also p 1065.  Failures in surgery are tremendously expensive, not only in human suffering, but in the cost of every hospital's operation and every insurance company's payments and, thus, the cost of the premiums paid by the public. The surgeon whose patients are prone to expensive and lasting complications has his hand in the pocket of every premiumpaying

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