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Insurance payments to US doctors vary widely for same service, study shows

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6058 (Published 07 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6058
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Private health insurance companies in the United States often pay some doctors twice as much as they pay other doctors for the same service, a new study has found.

The reasons for the differences were unclear. The variations could not be explained by such factors as patients’ age or sex, the physicians’ specialty or place of service, or the type of insurance plan, the researchers said, although one third of the variation seemed to be associated …

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