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Look beyond Medicare data when shopping for healthcare

BOSTON (Reuters) – The recent release of Medicare billing records for doctors across the United States brought hope that consumers would get what they need to comparison-shop for healthcare.

Although that did not turn out to be true, you do have other places to look.

Experts say there are limits to how much can be learned from data tracking 880,000 doctors billing about $77 billion to the federal healthcare program for the elderly for some 6,000 types of procedures.

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