Author(s): Pifer TB, BraggGresham JL, Dykstra DM, Shapiro JR, Oppenheimer CC,
Abstract Share this page
Abstract To study the effects of managed care on dialysis patients, we compared the quality of life and patient satisfaction of patients in a managed care demonstration with three comparison samples: fee-for-service (FFS) patients, managed care patients outside the demonstration, and patients in a separate national study. Managed care patients were less satisfied than FFS patients about access to health care providers, but more satisfied with the financial benefits (copayment coverage, prescription drugs, and nutritional supplements) provided under the demonstration managed care plan (MCP). After 1 year in the demonstration, patients exhibited statistically and clinically significant increases in quality of life scores.
This article was published in Health Care Financ Rev
and referenced in Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine