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ORTHOWORLD Position Paper on Healthcare Reform

As the healthcare reform initiative moves through the halls of Washington, we will undoubtedly be
debating what treatments do and do not work and what options should be made available to the
American people. When we enter these heated discussions, it is imperative that the facts be examined that
allow evaluation of medical procedures and their effectiveness in returning the health and productivity of
the citizenry. Orthopaedic care has clearly demonstrated its efficacy. Without question. It has changed
tens of millions of lives for the better, forever.

Orthopaedic problems and interventions affect us all at one time or another in our lives. The National
Center for Health Statistics estimates that nearly 108 million American adults reported bone and joint
medical conditions in 2005.1 That’s nearly half of all Americans over the age of 18. Musculoskeletal
disorders and conditions are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and the most frequently cited
reasons for limitations in daily activities of life, with 15 million Americans aged 18+ limited by arthritis,
back or neck problems, fractures, connective tissue conditions, etc. More Americans report
musculoskeletal conditions than either circulatory (heart disease, stroke, etc.) and respiratory
(emphysema, asthma, hay fever, bronchitis, etc.) problems and musculoskeletal conditions remain the
greatest cause of lost work days and medical bed days in the U.S.(ibid)

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Prepared by ORTHOWORLD Inc.
Published August 5, 2009