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UTHealth study suggests private insurers control health care spending better than Medicare
Date:12/7/2010

their choice of providers, and above all by staying healthy," said Rodgers. "Our wellness programs all promote the fact that exercising, eating right, and managing chronic conditions can significantly reduce the need for hospital care and lower medical costs."

"Variation in and of itself isn't necessarily bad," Franzini said. "Some variations may be justified on medical grounds but large variations may be a signal that something else is going on as well." Franzini and her colleagues are currently working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to examine spending variations across Texas.


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