A study has found vast differences from one city to the next in the amount spent on health care for Americans with employer-sponsored health plans.

The Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters conducted and funded the study, which assessed the use and cost of health care services for 23.5 million Americans in 382 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) in 2009.

"Studying these geographic variations can help us identify locations where health care costs are less, yet the quality of care and outcomes are not compromised. Understanding where, why, and how medical care costs less can provide solutions to control our nation's health care spending," said Ray Fabius, M.D., chief medical officer for the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters and one of the study's authors.

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