Monday, November 12, 2012

Younger Docs Cost More

According to an article from MedPage, physicians with less experience had higher healthcare cost profiles compared to their experienced counterparts.

A study published in Health Affairs found that doctors with fewer than 10 years’ experience had cost profiles 13 percent higher than senior providers.

Some explanations for the higher spending for younger physicians include:
  • New physicians may be more familiar with newer and more expensive forms of treatment.
  • Less-experienced physicians are more likely to have shorter relationships with patients, thus getting more service.
  • The lack of experience could translate into uncertainty and more aggressive care.
Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

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