Growth of ASCs Outpace Number of Available ASC Physician-Owners

A 2008 survey conducted by Deutsche Bank finds that currently there are an average 24 eligible surgeons per ASC. This number is down from more than 32 in 2000 and is likely to drop to a little more than 20 by 2010. Here is a summary of the Deusche Bank data trending the number of eligible surgeons to ASCs:

  • In 1990, there were 80,117 physicians and 1,326 ASCs. The number of eligible surgeons per ASC was 60.4.
  • In 1995, there were 88,630 physicians and 2,057 ASCs. The number of eligible surgeons per ASC was 43.1.
  • In 2000, there were 98,424 physicians and 3,028 ASCs. The number of eligible surgeons per ASC was 32.5.
  • In 2005, there were 104,591 physicians and 4,506 ASCs. The number of eligible surgeons per ASC was 23.2.
  • Data from 2008 showed that there is an average of 24 eligible surgeons per ASC.
  • In 2010, there will be an estimated 111,018 physicians and 5,482 ASCs. The number of eligible surgeons per ASC is estimated to be 20.3.
Source: Deutsche Bank.

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