SPOTLIGHT: Health Affairs study contradicts cost conclusions for McAllen, Texas

A controversial article that claimed physicians in McAllen, Texas, were overtreating patients that appeared in the New Yorker last year has been partly refuted by a new study in Health Affairs. The original article, by physician journalist Atul Gawande, suggested that McAllen's physicians were overtreating such conditions as heart disease by performing unnecessary cardiac procedures, helping to make it the most expensive city in the nation to receive healthcare. However, the new study, which relied on data from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, suggested that costs in McAllen were actually 7 percent lower than those in El Paso. Article

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