Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Health Aff (Millwood). 2004;Suppl Variation:VAR33-44.

Who you are and where you live: how race and geography affect the treatment of medicare beneficiaries.

Author information

  • 1Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. kbaicker@dartmouth.edu

Abstract

The existence of overall racial and ethnic disparities in health care is well documented, but this average effect masks variation across regions and types of care. Medicare claims data are used to document the extent of these variations. Regions with high racial disparities in one procedure are not more likely to be high in other procedures. Unusually large racial disparities in surgery are often the result of high white rates rather than low black rates. Differences in end-of-life care are driven more by residence than by race. Policies should focus on getting the rates right, rather than solely on racial differences.

PMID:
15471775
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk