The seven-year cumulative average Medicare payment for all medical care was
$82,788 for non-THR patients and
$89,154 for THR patients, for a difference of
$6,366. The actual average per-patient THR cost is expected to be much less than
$6,366 when differences in costs incurred due to prescription pain medications are taken into account.
"Joint (replacement) has been proposed as possibly cost-saving in the management of disability related to arthritis," said Lovald. "This study provides supporting data to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of THR."
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