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BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1270

Large cost variations revealed between NHS hospitals: The New NHS 1998 Reference Costsshows that surgical operations in England's most expensive hospitals are 58% more costly than in the least expensive. The cost of a hip replacement varies from £1834 ($2930) to £6494.

UK has new health minister: John Hutton, MP for Barrow and Furness, has been appointed parliamentary undersecretary …

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