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The Medibank Private findings stated that although younger patients are more likely to benefit from higher-cost joint replacements, doctors are putting very expensive devices into patients aged 75 years or older. About half of all hip replacement operations involve joint replacements that cost more than $10,000, the fund found.

And research found the more reliable cement joint replacements are used in just 23 per cent of hip replacement operations.

It’s a costly problem for taxpayers and health fund members with about $1 billion a year now spent on joint replacement surgery. More than 65,000 artificial knee and hip replacements were done in 2008.

via – The Daily Telegraph.

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