Physician Payment Reform and Hospital Referrals.

  title={Physician Payment Reform and Hospital Referrals.},
  author={Kate Ho and Ariel Pakes},
  journal={The American economic review},
  volume={104 5},
For over thirty years researchers have documented significant variation in medical care spending both between geographic regions and across hospitals within regions that does not seem to be related to outcomes. Much of the spending variation in the commercial insurance market is due to differences in prices across providers. Given the current policy focus on reducing medical care costs, these findings raise the question: what can be done to reduce the variation in prices, bringing the highest… CONTINUE READING

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