Dartmouth Professor Expands Review of Texas Health Care Data

Jonathan Skinner, the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in Economics and a professor of community and family medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Jonathan Skinner is a co-author of “McAllen and El Paso Revisited: Medicare Variations Not Always Reflected in the Under-Sixty-Five Population,” published in the December 2010 issue of Health Affairs.

The study presented in the article returned to the data used in a 2009 New Yorker article which reported large variations in Medicare health care costs between two Texas cities. The researchers investigated medical use and spending data for patients privatelyinsured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and generally found less divergence between the two localities.

Skinner is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in Economics and a professor of community and family medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI).

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