Study: Rates of Texas Elective Surgeries Vary by Region

The rates of elective surgery for Medicare patients vary dramatically depending on which part of the state Texans live in, according to new research from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, which analyzes medical referrals, procedures and spiraling health care costs across the nation.

The rate of women on Medicare, the federal health insurer for the elderly, receiving a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer between 2008 and 2010 was four times higher in Victoria than it was in Temple. In 2010, doctors performed surgery for lower back pain at a rate of 3 per 1,000 Medicare patients in the Temple area ...

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