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Assuring quality in an age of rapid technological advance

Stephen Leeder
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (8): 395-399. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.c0504

Can today's quest for innovation and efficiency in health care learn from the development of the laparascope?

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  • Stephen Leeder

  • Medical Journal of Australia, NSW.

Correspondence: mja@mja.com.au

Acknowledgements: 

I am grateful to Adam Elshaug of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Paul Gross of the Institute of Health Economics and Technology Assessment for their comments.

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access_time 07:24, 4 May 2015
Rosemary Anne Jones

Dear Madam/Sir,
It is of interest that when a discussion on new surgical techniques is undertaken with reference to the laparoscope, it is always the success story of laparoscopic cholecystectomy that takes centre stage. Laparoscopic hysterectomy barely rates a mention despite established safety (Gynecological Surgery 2006;3(2):118-121) and reduced cost. It has the lowest total cost (JSLS 2014;18(4):e2014.00181). One wonders why this excellent procedure has remained the Cinderella of gynaecological surgery.
Dr Rosie Jones

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Dr Rosemary Anne Jones
Adelaide Private Menopause Clinic

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