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US health maintenance organisations: better care from non-profit plans

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:211
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The quality of care provided by profit making health maintenance organisations in the United States is lower for several outcome measures than the quality of care provided by their non-profit making counterparts, reports a study published last week.

    Researchers from the Center for National Health Program Studies at Boston's Cambridge Hospital compared the two types of health maintenance organisation on 14 quality measures, including immunisation rates, b blocker treatment for patients who had had a heart attack, mammography, and antenatal care (JAMA 1999;282: 159-63). They found that …

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