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September 9, 2009

Regional Variation and the Affluence-Poverty Nexus

JAMA. 2009;302(10):1113-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1222

As the nation embarks on health care reform, concerns have been raised that the United States is training too few physicians for the future.1 However, progress in responding has been stalemated by a broadly accepted view that there is unexplained geographic variation in both physician supply and health care spending and that correcting it could obviate the need for more physicians—indeed, that less care is a value that should be rewarded.2,3

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