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Taxpayers Face Financial Burden of Hip Surgeries

Private insurance and patients must face a large financial burden if a second hip replacement surgery is needed. Government has to bear a large portion of those expenses. Medicare and Medicaid pay for over half of knee and hip replacements in the United States. This means every American who pays taxes is affected by the financial overload of a hip revision surgery.

Revision surgeries are costly procedures since the orthopedic devices do not include warranties. They are often longer, more dangerous and complicated too. Author Barry Meier profiled the case of William R. Morris. His device was part of the August 26, 2010 recall and he was billed over $50,000 for revision surgery. The profits from these surgeries are staggeringly high. Approximately $6.7 billion is produced for medical device manufacturers. Due to not having warranties, and selling for full-price up to $15,000, hip replacements are incredibly lucrative.

The real expense of failed joints is not calculable since the United States has yet to create a joint registry, which tracks each joint’s performance. Surgeons are receive payments to promote the sales of joints. Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr, a Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, summed it up succinctly when he wrote, “Companies have dumped these costs into the health care system. They don’t have any skin in the game.”

As a hip replacement recall lawyer, I look forward to seeing if a national joint registry is established in the United States and if the government works to lessen the financial burden of hip joint surgeries on taxpayers. DePuy hip recall lawsuit.

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