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    Top Spine Surgeons Reap Royalties, Medicare Bounty

    interesting article


    Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky., may not be a household name nationally. But five senior spine surgeons have helped put it on the map in at least one category: From 2004 to 2008, Norton performed the third-most spinal fusions on Medicare patients in the country.

    Conservative spine surgeons argue that a spinal fusion is appropriate only for a small number of conditions, such as spinal instability, spinal fracture or a severe curvature of the spine known as scoliosis, and that financial incentives have caused the procedure to become overused. Others say it's a useful tool to treat patients who have debilitating back pain and have tried other options like physical therapy to no avail.


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    Interesting article ;

    I had neck surgery when I broke my neck the 2nd time Fusions / plates / screws and I am happy to be alive & there is no price more important than life .
    The word Reap sounds ugly or greedy . Royalties = kick backs but incentives do help science and medical technology advance . ( improve )
    Call me the bionic woman But I am still a metal head ...

    I read this article 2 x and still wonder .
    Last edited by GL; 12-22-2010 at 02:08 PM. Reason: missing letter

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