SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES FOR OUTPATIENT SURGERIES
There are now more than 6,000 ASCs, up from about 5,000 in 2010, and the market is expected to see continued growth. One reason is that ASCs are recognized as being less expensive than hospitals for surgeries—a cost advantage they’ve been delivering for many years.
Surgeries performed in ASCs are typically less expensive than the same surgeries within a hospital outpatient department. That’s because ASCs have lower overhead costs compared to hospitals.
“Ambulatory surgical centers are often 45%-60% less expensive than hospitals, which benefits patients and taxpayers equally,” according to Ambula, which provides healthcare technology. “And yet, arguably more important than fair costs is the fact the quality of healthcare provided by these surgical centers is equal to, if not often higher than, that which is offered by hospitals.”
More than 80% of surgeries are now performed in an outpatient setting, according to ASCA. One benefit of ASCs is that, based on research, they have lower infection rates than hospitals. Data also shows that for same-day surgeries, adult patients have more favorable experiences in an ASC than a hospital. Safety and comfort play a significant role in surgeries and the patient’s experience.