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March 13, 2018

Hip and Knee Replacements: A Neglected Potential Savings Opportunity

Author Affiliations
  • 1UCLA Center for Health Advancement, Department of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2018;319(10):977-978. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2310

An increasing number of individuals in the United States opt for elective joint replacements to maintain active lifestyles. Approximately 505 000 hip replacements and 723 000 knee replacements were performed in the United States in 2014, costing more than $20 billion.1 In a country spending nearly 18% of its gross domestic product on health care with some poor population health outcomes, this is a significant source of potentially controllable spending.

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