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During these visits, an estimated 48.3 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed (Table 2). An estimated 25.7 million (53%) ambulatory surgery procedures were performed in hospitals and 22.5 million (47%) were performed in ASCs (Table A).
This statistic shows the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures carried out in the United States in 1997 and 2019. In 1997, there were over 900 thousand surgical procedures in the United States, while in 2019 there were almost 1.5 million such procedures.
We estimated that 234·2 (95% CI 187·2–281·2) million major surgical procedures are undertaken every year worldwide.
Conclusions. The average American has 5.97 OR and 3.20 non-OR procedures in an 85-year lifetime.
Longest Surgery — 47 Hours. A Des Moines man whose recent 47-hour operation for a congenital defect in the arteries set a world record, was listed in stable condition. James Boydston, 24, underwent surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital and physicians and relatives describe his recovery as a “miracle.”
Among the least expensive surgical procedures are:
One reason for high costs is administrative waste. Hospitals, doctors, and nurses all charge more in the U.S. than in other countries, with hospital costs increasing much faster than professional salaries. In other countries, prices for drugs and healthcare are at least partially controlled by the government.
The price of medical care is the single biggest factor behind U.S. healthcare costs, accounting for 90% of spending. These expenditures reflect the cost of caring for those with chronic or long-term medical conditions, an aging population and the increased cost of new medicines, procedures and technologies.
Countries With The Best Health Care Systems, 2021
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The United States ranks 26th of 35 OECD countries for life expectancy, with an average life expectancy of 79 years. Life expectancy at birth is another measure used to compare the health of nations.