Virtual Mentor. November 1999, Volume 1, Number 3.
Geographic Variations in the Use of Health Services
The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.
Given differences in the rates of health care utilization, what do you think is
the primary reason for the observed geographic variation?
Poor diffusion of clinical practice guidelines
Differences in patient clinical severity
Differences in patient preferences of clinical
Varying supply of health care resources (i.e., number of hospital beds in a given locale)
Varying financial incentives for physicians
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