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Why the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending Can't Tell Us Much About the Efficiency or Quality of Our Health Care System
The Brookings Institution Link to more items from this source
Sept. 19, 2014
"This paper examines the geographic variation in Medicare and non-Medicare health spending and finds little support for the view that most of the variation is likely attributable to differences in practice styles.... More broadly, the paper shows that the geographic variation in health spending does not provide a useful way to examine the inefficiencies of our health system. States where Medicare spending is high are very different in multiple dimensions from states where Medicare spending is low, and thus it is difficult to isolate the effects of differences in health spending intensity from the effects of the differences in the underlying state characteristics."

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