In the June issue of The New Yorker magazine, Dr. Atul Gawande contrasts the high-cost health-care system in McAllen, Texas, with the lower-cost systems at the Mayo Clinic and in Grand Junction, Colorado. McAllen, Texas is one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country. Only Miami spends more. He explores why costs in this Texas town have spiraled out of control while those in other parts of the country have remained fairly stable.
This article has become a must read for healthcare policy wonks and all those interested in the astronomical costs of medicine.