by Katherine Restrepo
Director of Health Care Policy, John Locke Foundation
The Triangle Business Journal has recently published an article on the increasing number of surgeries in the local area – especially due to the Baby Boom generation. To meet this high demand, more procedures are being performed in focused-factory-like outpatient settings, such as Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs).
ASCs bring many consumer benefits to the table. Not only do they operate more efficiently (as surgeries performed in smaller settings results in less turnover time than in full-service hospitals), but also reduce healthcare costs — even more if they are physician-owned.