Thursday, May 17, 2007

Heart surgery with a guarantee

How about surgery with a guarantee? A New York Times article says The Geisinger Health Group of Wilkes-Barre, PA, is offering just that, a 90-day warranty after surgery. The group charges a flat fee that includes 90 days of follow-up treatment. If there are complications or the patient has to come back to the hospital there is no further bill for services.

Quoting the article:
Since Geisinger began its experiment in February 2006, focusing on elective heart bypass surgery, it says patients have been less likely to return to intensive care, have spent fewer days in the hospital and are more likely to return directly to their own homes instead of a nursing home.
Read the rest of the article here.


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