A Canadian study has found that doctors are denying candidates (and possibly weaker patients) for joint replacement surgery simply because they might lack access to treatments for recovery like home care or rehab services. Other pressures on physicians in Canada include long waiting lists and limited access to operating rooms.

June 18, 2008

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Lack of Access Denies Patients Joint Replacements

According to the study, which was published in the journal Medical Decision Making, some Canadian doctors didn't refer patients on the grounds that they couldn't get rehab treatment. This also raises a problem for older patients who are more frail. The healthcare system will need to address this issue soon, as the demand for joint replacements continues to rise.

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