Study connects child's zip code, medical care
"What parents should be aware of is quality is not the same all over," said Dr. David Goodman, a professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and the lead author of the report.
The report found much higher use of several procedures in Manchester. The city was tied with Dover for the highest New Hampshire rate of surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids, and it was second for surgical placements of ear-tubes.
The report notes that Manchester and Dover tied for the highest rate of CT head scans in the state, a rate 66 percent higher than Lebanon, the community with the lowest rate.
He acknowledged that Manchester has two hospitals, but he said Elliot Hospital provides most of the pediatric care in the Queen City.
Dartmouth Atlas Project concentrated on northern New England because the three states are among the few in the country that require insurance companies to publicly report payment data. For the last two decades, Dartmouth Atlas Project has tapped publicly available Medicare data to report regional disparities.
He encouraged parents to ask questions and contact their primary care physician over matters such as CT scans and ear-nose-and-throat surgery.
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