Analysis of Total Joint Arthroplasty Costs in Chinese Patients

Yi Chao Zhang, Hong Zhang, Henry D. Clarke, Steven J. Hattrup

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Abstract

All charges for patients undergoing unilateral and bilateral hip or knee arthroplasties at 1 hospital in Beijing, China, were identified and assigned to 1 of 11 charge categories: hospital room, nursing, radiology, laboratory, anesthesia, surgery, prosthesis, pharmacy, blood transfusion, materials, and miscellaneous. The prosthesis and pharmacy charges at this institution accounted for approximately 80% of the total charges; compared with published data from institutions in North America and Taiwan, these 2 charges accounted for a greater percentage of total charges. In distinction, labor costs in China accounted for a lower percentage of total charges. Importantly, because the percentage of costs covered by medical insurance was relatively low, a substantial financial burden was imposed on patients that may limit access to joint arthroplasty in China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1423-1428.e1
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Cost analysis
  • Joint arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Zhang, Y. C., Zhang, H., Clarke, H. D., & Hattrup, S. J. (2012). Analysis of Total Joint Arthroplasty Costs in Chinese Patients. Journal of Arthroplasty, 27(8), 1423-1428.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arth.2012.01.014