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High spending regions do not have better quality health care

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Jan• 14•09

From the researchers at the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care:

Regional differences in Medicare spending are largely explained by the more inpatient-based and specialist-oriented pattern of practice observed in high-spending regions. Neither quality of care nor access to care appear to be better for Medicare enrollees in higher-spending regions.”

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  1. […] significant regional variation in spending and disease diagnosis frequency, but this variation is not correlated with higher quality. ¬†However, regional variation may be overstated. ¬†According to Zuckerman et al. […]

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