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Medicare Spending and Why More Care Isn't Better

July 17, 2010

Medicare Spending Disparities Don't Improve Outcomes

Raymond Gibbons, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and former president of the American Heart Association, describes the vast differences in Medicare spending per beneficiary, and how some local areas spend up to twice the national average while other areas in the same state spend far less while getting patient health outcomes that are just as good.

Why More Care Not Better

Raymond Gibbons, M.D. gives one example of costly cardiac care for a particular group of patients that has been recently shown to not be any better than noninvasive drug therapy. This is an example of why more spending doesn't necessarily lead to better health outcomes.

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