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My dad was not a prepaid group practice patient

Published: January 1, 2004
Category: Papers
Author: Mullan F
Country: United States
Language: null
Type: Population Health
Setting: Hospital

Health Aff W4:70-72.

Project Hope, Millwood, VA, USA

The author’s father was a psychiatrist, a concerned citizen, and a Medicare patient. He died recently after a prolonged illness during which a panoply of physicians cared for him in ways that were sometimes redundant, inefficient, and poorly coordinated. He was definitively not a prepaid group practice patient. The author reviews the growing body of evidence that suggests that physician density is associated with greater costs but not improved outcomes. He reflects on his father’s concerns with equity in health care and how prepaid managed care might have provided more efficient and less expensive medical coverage for his father’s final sickness.

Comment in Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jan-Jun;Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-43-59.

PMID: 15451972

Cost Burden Evaluation,Equity Evaluation,Outcome Measures,United States,Aged,80 and over,Continuity of Patient Care/standards

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