Location, Location, Location

Medicare spending varies widely from state to state, often even in neighboring Zip codes, after adjusting for regional differences in prices,
age or other population factors. Experts say that spending tends to be higher in areas where there are more doctors, more hospitals,
more technology and a culture that encourages more medical interventions. The chances that a patient will have certain surgeries, such
as an open-heart operation, also fluctuate with geography.

Medicare spending per beneficiary in regional health care markets

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