Yes. That is the short answer. The long answer is that medicare and private insurance companies view robotics and other minimally invasive procedures the same as standard surgery. In other words, they pay the same amount to hospitals and doctors regardless of how the procedure is performed. Use of the robot does cost the hospital more but not you. The hospital usually makes up for this by the fact you may be discharged earlier making it basically cost neutral for them.

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