What are the most common specialties? Urban vs. rural ASCs

Urban and rural healthcare providers occupy very different markets. How does this affect the services offered?

Here are 24 statistics on the surgical specialties provided at urban and rural ambulatory surgery centers, based on 2006 data from The Impact of Freestanding Surgery Centers on Rural Community Hospital Performance report.

Urban ASCs (percent providing the specialty)

•    Ophthalmology: 54 percent
•    Orthopedics: 50 percent
•    Podiatry: 48 percent
•    General surgery: 43 percent
•    Plastics: 40 percent
•    ENT: 40 percent
•    OB/GYN: 38 percent
•    Urology: 35 percent
•    Oral surgery: 25 percent
•    Neurosurgery: 14 percent
•    Cardiovascular surgery: 5 percent
•    Thoracic surgery: 4 percent

Rural ASCs (percent providing the specialty)

•    Ophthalmology: 65 percent
•    Orthopedics: 50 percent
•    General surgery: 49 percent
•    Podiatry: 46 percent
•    ENT: 44 percent
•    OB/GYN: 42 percent
•    Urology: 42 percent
•    Plastics: 35 percent
•    Oral surgery: 24 percent
•    Neurosurgery: 10 percent
•    Cardiovascular surgery: 4 percent
•    Thoracic surgery: 3 percent

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