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Editor's Correspondence
Oct 22, 2012

Basic Health Care Is Not a “Market Good”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Providence Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Washington School of Medicine, Spokane.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4436

We read the article by Hsia et al1 about charges for appendectomy in California hospitals with interest.1 The wide variation in charges was remarkable but not surprising given prior publications.2,3 Two topics regarding this article are worthy of amplification. First, we assert that the data presented warrant more incisive conclusions. Second, we inquire about further analyses.

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