The Cost of Anesthetic (Anaesthetic) Gases

January 8, 2008

In South Africa, controversy has arisen over the cost of anesthetic gases charged by private hospitals.

According to the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), which represents medical schemes (insurers), hospitals are overcharging for anesthetic gases because they charge by the minute rather than for each milliliter of anesthetic agent consumed.

For those unfamiliar with the intricacies of anesthetic pharmacology I will attempt to explain the problem, without delving into the political aspects of this issue.

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