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For a healthy lifestyle it is important to have healthy bones. Any severe pain in any joint or ligament can affect our whole living style. If things get serious, we might need help from orthopedic surgeon.

Since so many people are turning towards orthopedics to solve their day to day problems, hospitals have made separate departments for this field that are catering to a lot of patients in recent times.

With a rise in orthopedic practices, there are some trends that have taken over the world.

Patients are growing more responsible about their healthcare costs.

With the intervention of insurance companies in healthcare exchanges and the high deductible plans by the employers, the employees often end up paying a larger part of their health care expenditure themselves. This is making them grow more conscious about how much they spend on their medical expenses. They are often seen avoiding many procedures that if delayed will not have drastic effects on their health. Since orthopedic treatments do not come in cheap, there has been a recent decrease in the orthopedic operations that are performed annually.

Orthopedic doctors are forming groups

Since there has been a decrease in the number of orthopedic treatments that are performed annually, many doctors are classifying themselves in groups. There is one bigger group that has all the big names in it that make it possible to fight through all such administrative and medical changes and make it big. Another group is of the doctors that end up joining the hospitals. The third group ends up practicing on their own, where they do not make a huge living but can earn enough to support a decent lifestyle.

The larger groups are rising since they have the ability to make changes in the whole medical scenes but there are smaller groups that are keeping themselves associated with hospitals to maintain a steady lifestyle.

Hospitals give employment opportunities

Why does every orthopedic surgeon want to be associated with hospitals? This is because they provide employment opportunities while paying well. This is one reason why many larger groups are resorting to higher pay structures to build on the concept of strong group cohesion.

Shortage of orthopedic surgeons

There is a growing concern that there are not enough orthopedics to cater to the market’s needs. The number of orthopedics that are available are not enough to attend to the rising orthopedic cases in the country. However, when you talk to the surgeons, they do not seem much concerned with the rising cases and fewer available doctors to treat them.

With all said, the above mentioned are just few of the latest trends that are impacting the orthopedic surgeons and their patients all over the globe. It is because of these trends that we often see the rising trend of orthopedic groups that are there to cater to different needs of different people depending on how much one is capable of affording.

Reference:

http://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-spine-practices-improving-profits/item/21545-10-key-trends-impacting-orthopedic-practices-2014.html

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