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Is the Variation in Health Care Spending Among the States a Myth?

One of the most influential ideas in all of health policy comes from researchers at Dartmouth, who have shown year after year that there are large variations in Medicare spending across the states, with no apparent effects on health outcomes. The implication: if doctors in the high spending states could learn how to practice medicine the way it is practiced in the low spending states, we could save billions of dollars with no adverse effects on the health of the patients.

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John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.”

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