|What is Managed Care?||Short, news-style
report by WNET TVs news project on managed care,
called "Your Money and Your Life," provides
mostly objective information about this topic. Includes
hyperlinks to a useful glossary of terms and concepts.
|Comparison With Traditional Medical Insurance||Fee-for-service is the way
medical insurance traditionally has been offered.
"How to Choose a Health Care Provider" compares
the traditional approach with HMOs and PPOs,
two mainstays of managed care. Site requires scrolling,
but it is worth the effort.
|Evaluating Managed Care Plans||Consumer information and
recommendations to help you compare HMOs for
quality. Offered by the National Committe for Qualify
Assurance, currently the nations only recognized
accrediting agency for HMOs.
|Promoting Managed Care||Advocate Health Care of Oak
Brook, IL, highlights the advantages of managed care. You
may find useful information for making up your own mind
about an HMO or PPO, but remember that this site ignores
some of the problems with managed care.
|Problems & Criticism|
|Report from Families, USA||"HMO Consumers at Risk:
States to the Rescue" is an eye-opening report from
Families, USA, a non-profit watchdog organization.
Highlights state legislative actions that have been
instituted to stop abuses under managed care programs.
|Criticism by Doctors: "The HMO Page"||Strong criticism from Physicians
Who Care includes an apparently fact-based feature called
"Atrocity of the Month," detailing outrageous
conduct by HMOs in denying care to members. Site
promotes its "Medical Savings Plan" as an
alternative to HMOs.
|Criticism by Consumers: "Fight Managed Care"||Robert Raible of Bethesda,
Maryland, creates this website attacking managed care,
including over 100 chilling reports of managed-care
malpractice. More heat than light in this site, but it
gives food for thought.
|Medicare and Medicaid Managed Care||Technical presentation of
managed care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by
the Health Care Finance Administration. Difficult to read
|Join the Debate||Stimulating presentation of
issues and viewpoints on managed care on "Your Money
and Your Life," a news project by WNET TV of New
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