TITLE

Physician behavior leads to cost discrepancies

PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Pharmaceutical Representative;Jan2006, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the different strategies used by the physicians in high-spending and low-spending regions in the United States, which in turn lead to cost discrepancies in the medical sector. Physicians practicing in the high-spending regions in the United States order more tests, referrals and treatments for their patients than the physicians practicing in the low spending regions. This results into variation in the cost of healthcare across different regions in the United States. If more conservative practice patterns of lower-cost regions are adopted in all the U.S. regions, then the United States could have a better medical care with low cost, which would be around 30% less than the current cost.
ACCESSION #
19689265

 

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