From community to community in North Carolina there is great variation in the frequency of surgical procedures– variation that can't be explained by disease rates or factors such as age, sex, or race.
Physician preference is driving care even when multiple,valid treatment options exist for a given diagnosis. By studying and limiting this variation the state could save money and give patients more control over their own health care. In addition, North Carolina could save millions in health costs with this type of more efficient, patient-centered care.
A new report by the NC Health Access Coalition, Different City, Different Treatment, looks at the variations in care across the state and makes recommendations for what the state can do to save money.
Click here for a copy of Different Cities, Different Care