Average fiscal year 1982 wages from 2,302 rural American hospitals were used to test for a gradient descending from hospitals
in counties adjacent to metropolitan areas to those not adjacent. Considerable variation in the ratios of adjacent to nonadjacent
averages existed. No statistically significant difference was found, however. Of greater importance in explaining relative
wages within States were occupational mix, mix of part-time and full-time workers, case mix, presence of medical residencies,
and location in a high-rent county within the State. Medicare already adjusts payments for only two of these variables.
Catchment Area (Health)/economics : Data Collection : Demography : Hospitals : Hospitals, Rural/economics : Models, Statistical
: Personnel, Hospital/economics : Professional Practice Location/economics : Regression Analysis : Salaries and Fringe Benefits/statistics
& numerical data : Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. : United States : United States Health Care Financing Administration