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Stethoscope and dollars States with less low-value care might also have a tough time in accessing care; in addition, many that have smaller percentages of low-value care include significant rural areas. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Where patients live increases the odds that they’ll be on the receiving end of low-value health care services.

That’s according to the findings of an analysis published by researchers at consultancy Altarum and funded by the PhRMA Foundation. Low-value services, the report says, include opioids to treat headaches, routine cervical cancer screening and imaging for low back pain.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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