Use of healthcare resources in the last six months of life

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1202-a (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1202
  1. Jonathan S Skinner, John French professor of economics (Martha.M.Smith@Dartmouth.edu)
  1. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA On behalf of the research team

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    EDITOR—Love and Fahey show a fundamental confusion about two distinct questions: whether there is an association between healthcare resources and healthcare use, and why such an association exists.

    The validity of the first hypothesis has been understood for many decades in the United States and in countries with central health planning.1 2 …

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