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Geographic Variation in Commercial Medical Care Expenditures: A Decomposition Between Price and Utilization

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  • Abe C. Dunn
  • Adam Shapiro
  • Eli Liebman

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Abstract

This study examines geographic variation in commercial medical care expenditures. Medical care expenditures are decomposed between service prices and service utilization. We find that both service prices and utilization contribute to overall differences in health spending across geographic markets. Our findings suggest that potential expenditure savings may be possible from more efficient utilization. However, the large variation in underlying service prices suggests that deviations in overall spending may persist, even if utilization differences across markets are diminished.

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  • Abe C. Dunn & Adam Shapiro & Eli Liebman, 2011. "Geographic Variation in Commercial Medical Care Expenditures: A Decomposition Between Price and Utilization," BEA Working Papers 0075, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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    5. Abe Dunn & Adam Hale Shapiro, 2011. "Physician Market Power and Medical-Care Expenditures," BEA Working Papers 0078, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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    1. Abe Dunn & Eli Liebman & Adam Hale Shapiro, 2016. "Decomposing Medical Care Expenditure Growth," NBER Chapters,in: Measuring and Modeling Health Care Costs, pages 81-111 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Abe Dunn, 2014. "Health Insurance and the Demand for Medical Care: Instrumental Variable Estimates Using Health Insurer Claims Data," BEA Working Papers 0107, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    3. Anne E. Hall, 2015. "Regional Patterns in Medical Technology Utilization," BEA Working Papers 0126, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    4. Abe Dunn & Eli Liebman & Adam Hale Shapiro, 2014. "Developing a Framework for Decomposing Medical-Care Expenditure Growth: Exploring Issues of Representativeness," NBER Chapters,in: Measuring Economic Sustainability and Progress, pages 545-574 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Amy Finkelstein & Matthew Gentzkow & Heidi Williams, 2016. "Sources of Geographic Variation in Health Care: Evidence From PatientMigration," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 131(4), pages 1681-1726.
    6. Eibich, Peter & Ziebarth, Nicolas R., 2014. "Analyzing regional variation in health care utilization using (rich) household microdata," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 114(1), pages 41-53.
    7. Abe Dunn & Adam Hale Shapiro, 2011. "Physician Market Power and Medical-Care Expenditures," BEA Working Papers 0078, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    8. Dunn, Abe & Shapiro, Adam Hale, 2015. "Physician payments under health care reform," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 89-105.

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    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook

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