December 18, 2016; New York Times
In this age of information sharing, it can be fairly simple to gather data and feel like an informed consumer when planning a purchase. One can hop online, look up specs, performance data, and customer reviews within minutes. Why is it so different, and so complicated, with healthcare? New research published in the Public Library of Sciences’ PLOS One suggests that this information could literally mean the difference between life and death.
The research team led by Dr. Barry Rosenberg sought out to quantitatively compare health outcomes based on geographic regions. After adjusting for variables such as income level, race, and health status prior to hospital visits, the researchers found significant differences in health outcomes between regions. Moreover, the