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Invited Critique |

Interdisciplinary Work Flow Assessment and Redesign Decreases Operating Room Turnover Time and Allows for Additional Caseload—Invited Critique

David H. Berger, MD
Arch Surg. 2006;141(1):70. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.1.70.
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The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized country. Health care expenditures in 2000 totaled $1.3 trillion, which represented 13.2% of the US gross domestic product.1 Health care expenditures in the United States are projected to reach $2.8 trillion and represent 17% of the gross domestic product by 2011. Hospital inpatient expenditures compose about 34.2% of the growth of total health care expenditures, outstripping pharmaceuticals and outpatient spending as the most important contributor to health care cost increases.2

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