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Drive for greater transparency in hip and knee implant pricing

30 June 2015

The National Joint Registry welcomes a communication from the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) review this month, outlining the significant variation in prices paid by NHS Trusts in England for hip and knee joint replacement implants. The aim is to empower clinicians in re-evaluating their prosthesis selection and move forward engagement and discussion in hospitals on pricing in the context of quality patient outcomes.

Published online at the British Orthopaedic Association website, Professor Tim Briggs presents evidence from the GIRFT programme demonstrating sometimes considerable difference in the prices paid for implants in cemented, uncemented and hybrid primary hip replacements and cemented total knee replacements.

These data reflect evidence already found through the National Joint Registry's Implant price-benchmarking pilot and subsequent roll-out of a national service to aid hospitals in evaluating implant costs against other quality outcome and clinical protocols.

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