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J Health Econ. 1996 Apr;15(2):161-85.

What are the costs of queuing for hip fracture surgery in Canada?

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Department of Economics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


This paper investigates the effect of wait time for hip fracture surgery in Canada on post-surgery length of stay in hospital and inpatient mortality. After controlling for observed and unobserved patient and hospital characteristics, pre-surgery delay has little effect on either of the two outcome variables. Patients from higher income postal-codes experience only slightly shorter delays, and income has no substantial effect on post-surgery outcomes. For hip fracture patients surgery delay may lead to greater pre-surgery inpatient costs and more patient discomfort, but we find no evidence of a detrimental impact on post-surgery outcomes.

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