The Costs and Rewards
How do hospitals decided if robotic surgery technology is worth the hefty price?
Hospitals wondering whether to invest in robotic surgery must often weigh a machine’s significant capital and operating costs against as-yet-unproven patient outcomes and the hard-to-quantify financial benefits of a new technology.
COSTS OF USING THE DA VINCI //
Price: $1.5 million for the latest model; $100,000 in maintenance fees after the first year; $1,500 in disposable tools per operation.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS //
Swifter procedures: Operating time decreases as the surgical team becomes more skilled.