Use of Outpatient Mental Health Care: Trial of a Prepaid Group Practice Versus Fee-for-service
Rand, Jan 1, 1986 - Social Science - 101 pages
Does a prepaid groupe practice deliver less outpatient mental heath care than fee-for-service when they both serve comparable populations ? to answer this question the authors used data from a randomized controlled trial which assigned families into a prepaid group practice and into fee-for-service insurance plans. The pattern of outpatient mental health care differs for those enrolled at the prepaid group practice and those enrolled in the fee for service. This type provides more expensive and more intensive therapy per user. The enrollees are 50% more likely to see a mental health specialist at leat once over a three years period when they depend of the prepaid group. This difference is due to a higher rate of "turnover" of patients in this type of plan.
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