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Health Aff (Millwood). 2000 Jul-Aug;19(4):65-75.

Barriers to care among racial/ethnic groups under managed care.

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Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, USA.


We describe barriers to care reported by racial/ethnic groups and explore the extent to which barriers vary between persons enrolled in managed care and those in non-managed care plans, using data from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Most respondents expressed satisfaction with their care; however, a substantial percentage reported experiencing barriers. Minorities, particularly Hispanics and Asian Americans, were more likely than non-Hispanic whites were to report barriers. Managed care enrollees across racial/ethnic groups faced different types of barriers than non-managed care enrollees did. Although managed care enrollees were more likely to report having a usual source of care and greater continuity of care, they also reported more difficulties obtaining care and less satisfaction with their care.

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