3.Rates appeared to be unrelated to health care availability, regional socioeconomic status, or surgeons per capita.
4. In 2014, 16000 thyroidectomies were performed on Medicare beneficiaries in the United States.
5. A 6.2-fold difference in thyroidectomy rates was observed across US regions.
6. Thyroidectomy rates vary so widely across the United States that a person living in Joplin, Missouri, is six times more likely to get one than someone living in Hackensack, New Jersey, an analysis of Medicare data found.
7. Thyroidectomy rates tended to be higher in southern, central, and some urban regions. In Manhattan, the rate was 76 per 100,000, but in San Francisco the rate was so low that a reliable estimate could not be made.