A new study suggests there are regional differences in the diagnosis of patients on Medicare.
Chicago (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests that one’s location may affect their probability of being diagnosed as ill. As reported by Reuters, the study found that Medicare patients living in some areas of the country are more likely to be told they are sick than those living in other areas.
Yunjie Song of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “Our study shows that there are big regional differences in the tendency to give new diagnoses to Medicare beneficiaries… What we still don’t know is whether being given more diagnoses is better for patients.”
More information about the Dartmouth Atlas Project study may be available in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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