Without Explicit Targets, Does France Meet Minimum Volume Thresholds for Hip and Knee Replacement and Bariatric Surgeries?

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA

2 The Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, NH, USA

3 Aix-Marseille School of Economics (CNRS & EHESS), Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

4 Institut de recherché et documentation en économie de la santé, Paris, France


Main Subjects

Dear Editor,

Persistent findings of a relationship between higher volumes of surgical care and better outcomes1 have caused 3 large US healthcare systems to refer surgical cases when they do not meet minimum volume thresholds for bariatric surgery (where the minimum threshold is 40 surgeries per year) and total hip or total knee replacement surgeries (where it is 50 surgeries per year)... (Read more...)

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