The Daily Dose article on the American Hospital Association's new Trendwatch report about geographic variation in health spending misstates what the report says. The report pulls together various research, including from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, that examines the many factors influencing healthcare spending. No more, no less. It does not take any policy positions but rather is a comprehensive literature review of the research done about this complex issue.
Article on AHA report seen as missing the mark
Our goal in doing this is to assemble the full body of evidence that exists and make it more accessible for policymakers.
Caroline SteinbergVice president of trends analysisAmerican Hospital Association
I trained in New York City and practice in Colorado. There is a major difference in how medicine is practiced in the two locales that is obvious immediately when one moves from one to the other.
I suspect the Dartmouth researchers are largely correct.
Alan LazaroffCentennial, Colo.
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