10/15/2013 05:21 pm ET Updated Dec 15, 2013

Some Americans Aren't Getting The Right Medicines, Study Finds


Heart experts agree - you should be prescribed certain heart drugs known as beta-blockers and statins after a heart attack. Yet Americans in San Angelo, Tex., are far more likely to get a beta-blocker than people living in Salem, Ore.

A new study released Tuesday shows there seems to be little rhyme or reason for these differences across American regions, states and counties. In some places a certain drug is prescribed far more often than it is in other places. The study, published by the Dartmouth Atlas project, adds to a growing body of evidence showing just how disorganized and illogical U.S. healthcare can be. 

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