Study: Docs in rural areas are more inclined to discuss cost of care with patients

02/24/2014 | BeckersHospitalReview.com

A survey reported in the Journal of Rural Health revealed 40.5% of responding rural physicians agreed that doctors should discuss health care costs with patients, compared with 29.2% of their urban counterparts. Researchers also found 65.6% of rural providers said they had reviewed records from other physicians as part of efforts to improve quality, while 48% of urban doctors did so. However, there was no difference in attitudes regarding participation in efforts to boost quality.

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