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High-Resource Areas are Not Necessarily Best For Patients and Physicians

Primary care physicians practicing in areas with the most medical resources are less happy with the quality of care they provide than those working in other areas, according to authors of a nationwide survey conducted by Dartmouth Medical School.

The explanation seems to be that abundant resources lead to greater demand, which eventually limits availability.

Interestingly, doctors with the most medical resources available to them say they are less able to meet the needs of their patients and are less satisfied with their careers than physicians working in areas with fewer such resources.

Medicare spending averaged 58% higher in the highest intensity areas than in the lower intensity areas, despite illness levels that were nearly identical.

Shockingly, the Dartmouth study estimated 30% of Medicare spending may be wasted on unnecessary care.