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These Are the Top Five Procedures Performed on Hospital Patients

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Release date: August 2, 2005

According to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the top five procedures performed on hospital patients in 2003, were:

  • Cesarean section (C-section)
    • 1.2 million procedures.
    • $14.6 billion in total charges.
  • Upper GI endoscopy for diagnosing ulcers, stomach cancer, and other problems
    • 712,000 procedures.
    • $14.5 billion in total charges.
  • Catheterization to diagnose heart problems
    • 707,000 procedures.
    • $17.3 billion in total charges.
  • Respiratory intubation and mechanical ventilation (artificial respiration)
    • 617,000 procedures.
    • $35.4 billion in total charges.
  • Angioplasty to widen plaque-narrowed arteries in the heart
    • 676,000 procedures.
    • $26.5 billion in total charges.

The total charge statistics reflect what hospitals charged for patient stays involving the above-cited principal procedures. They do not include physician fees.


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