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Considering surgery? Some healthcare providers offer warranties
Considering surgery? Some healthcare providers offer warranties

When Carolyn Rondou needed knee replacement surgery in 2012, she decided to have the procedure done at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, even though there were several hospitals closer to her home in Fullerton. Rondou, a 66-year-old oncology nurse, says Hoag's reputation for quality factored heavily into her decision to have her procedure done there. But something else sweetened the pot: Her surgery came with a warranty. Warranties have long been a consumer favorite. Manufacturers frequently offer them along with new cars, washing machines, television sets and many other appliances — often at an additional charge. They typically are an agreement between a buyer and a seller...

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