Variations in diagnostic testing utilization in Italy: Secondary analysis of a national survey.

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Summary of "Variations in diagnostic testing utilization in Italy: Secondary analysis of a national survey."

According to the principle of horizontal equity, individuals with similar need may have the same possibility of access to health services. The aim of this study is to identify patterns of diagnostic services utilization, in people with, and without chronic disease in Italy.


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Name: PloS one
ISSN: 1932-6203
Pages: e0196673


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