Geographic variations in utilization rates in Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

@article{Ashton1999GeographicVI,
  title={Geographic variations in utilization rates in Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.},
  author={Carol M. Ashton and Nancy J. Petersen and Julianne Souchek and Terri J Menke and H-J. Yu and Kenneth Pietz and Marsha L. Eigenbrodt and G. D. Barbour and Kenneth W. Kizer and Nelda P. Wray},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={340 1},
  pages={32-9}
}
BACKGROUND In the United States, geographic variation in hospital use is common. It is uncertain whether there are similar geographic variations in the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which differs from the private sector because it predominantly serves men with annual incomes below $20,000, has a central system of administration, and uses salaried physicians. Thus, it might be less likely to have geographic variations. METHODS We used VA data bases to obtain… CONTINUE READING

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