Same surgery, different surgeon: huge variation in costs for orthopedic operations

In need of an operation? Whether it's a hip replacement, knee replacement or knee ACL repair it could costs you thousands of dollars depending on surgeon! In many cases flying to Adelaide for your operation would be cheaper than seeing a Sydney or Melbourne surgeon – this is an impractical hypothetical that reveals the huge variations in surgeon fees across Australia.

Some surgeons are charging thousands of dollars more than their colleagues for the same orthopaedic operation, leaving patients with up to $5500 in out-of-pocket costs. A Medibank report detailing the vast disparities sends a clear signal to patients to shop around for their doctor before going through with an operation, taking into account out-of-pocket fees, complication rates and expertise.

Find out more in this great article by the Sydney Morning Herald. Read full article here.