Hospital Supply Options Lead to Higher Costs


In a small experiment from 2019, a consultant from Navigant (a company now under the umbrella of Guidehouse) found that providing options for surgical tray packages showed disparities among surgeons and highlighted an ongoing issue across the medical supply and healthcare supply chain industries. The trays, which ranged in price from $1800 to $3400, showed no difference in operation outcomes, but shows how overspending on supplies can happen simply because of lack of standardization and too many options.

The article expands on Navigant’s other analysis of overall hospital spending, which continue to increase year to year, and examines both systemic issues and personal biases contributing to the problem.

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