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Clinical Variation in Common Surgical Procedures in Australia: Implications for Health Expenditure

Rawlings, Louise; O'Shaughnessy, Pauline; Robson, Stephen


Payments for surgical procedures through the Australian Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) have a large effect on health budgets. We sought to evaluate the magnitude of surgical variation in five common surgical procedures: endometrial ablation; tonsillectomy in children; laparoscopic herniorraphy; cholecystectomy; and, knee arthroscopy. Methods: The MBS funds only a proportion of treatment costs affecting the potential affordability of surgery according to socio-economic factors. We hypothesised...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Health Economics and Policy
DOI: 10.11648/j.hep.20170202.15
Access Rights: Open Access


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