The News' Henry Davis writes today:
Medicare patients with heart disease in Buffalo are one-third as likely as patients in Brooklyn to receive procedures to unclog arteries.
But degenerative arthritis patients in Buffalo are twice as likely as those in the Bronx to undergo hip replacements.
The large differences in procedures reflect the many variations in care here and across the country in how patients get treated for similar conditions.
And whether a patient gets surgery or nonsurgical treatment often depends on physician recommendations, perhaps neglecting patient preferences, according to a new report by the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.
Read the full report below or click here for Henry Davis' article.