Variations in health care service use in British Columbia: Is geography destiny?

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Principal Investigator: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
not grant funded
Datasets requested: 
consolidation - census geocodes
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
ACG Case Mix Group (Johns Hopkins University)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Research objective: 

Journal Publication

  • Lavergne MR. 2016. Identifying Distinct Geographic Health Service Environments in British Columbia, Canada: Cluster Analysis of Population-Based Administrative Data. Healthcare Policy. 12(1):43-51.
  • Lavergne MR, Barer M, Law MR, Wong ST, Peterson S, McGrail K. 2016. Examining regional variation in health care spending in British Columbia, Canada. Health Policy. 120(7):739-48.

Academic thesis or dissertation

  • Lavergne MR. Understanding geographic variation in health care costs in British Columbia. Doctoral Thesis. University of British Columbia, 2015.doi:

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