Cost-Effectiveness of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

  • W. B. Stason
  • M. C. Weinstein
Conference paper


Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) has become the mainstay of treatment for patients with severe refractory angina and extensive coronary artery disease (CAD). Approximately 170,000 operations were performed in 1983 in the United States at a cost of $ 20,000 to $ 25,000 per operation for a total cost of between 3 and 4 billion dollars. Hence, CABG contributes significantly to total health care costs and requires special scrutiny to determine whether these costs are justified by the added health benefits enjoyed by recipients.


Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Coronary Arteriography Severe Angina 
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    CASS Principal Investigators and their associates (1983) Coronary artery surgery study (CASS): a randomized trial of coronary artery bypass surgery. Survival data. Circulation 68:939–950CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

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  • W. B. Stason
  • M. C. Weinstein

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