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Variation in end-of-life spending based on location can be explained by availability of services and physicians’ beliefs rather than patient beliefs

A study published in Health Affairs concludes that variation in end-of-life spending based on location can be explained by availability of services and physicians’ beliefs rather than patient beliefs. Nancy L. Keating, M.D., M.P.H., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and her colleagues, studied data from patients with advanced cancer who were enrolled in fee-for-service Medicare. MedicalXpress writes, “Compared with those in lower-spending areas, physicians in higher-spending areas reported less knowledge about and comfort with treating dying patients and less positive attitudes about hospice.”


Posted on June 4, 2018

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