Inpatient Rehab After Knee Surgery – a Rort?
Why are Australians having rehabilitation as an inpatient after their total knee replacements rather than as an outpatient at a rate higher than any other country in the world?
And why are our rates of inpatient rehabilitation as opposed to community or home-based rehab increasing?
That’s what researchers were investigating in a study just published in the MJA.
Could it be inpatient rehab was associated with better health outcomes for the patient than the other options? Or were patients too complex, lived too far away or needed greater supervision to allow them to have their rehab off-site?
As it turns out, the reason inpatient rehabilitation rates are increasing has much more to do with private hospitals being able ...