Managed Care

Laurence Baker

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199238828
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Managed Care

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This article discusses managed care organizations, which formally integrate different provider types. It focuses on the potential effects of these arrangements on patients and providers who are not themselves part of the arrangements. It discusses the effects of managed care on patients and on the health care system, including the characteristics and history of managed care plans. It includes patterns of selection that could easily vary with the specific characteristics of the health plans being studied. These studies take a variety of approaches to measuring selection, but they focus on measures of health status. It provides evidence on the impacts of managed care on enrolled patients and on the health care system. It concludes with future directions that demand attention to the effects of health plans and managed care on health care delivery, costs, and efficiency.

Keywords: managed care; providers; health care system; measuring selection; health status

Article.  13101 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Health, Education, and Welfare ; Public Economics

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