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Does managed care gatekeeping affect African Americans' access to emergency care?

Authors
  • Lowe, R A
Type
Published Article
Journal
LDI issue brief
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2001
Volume
6
Issue
7
Pages
1–4
Identifiers
PMID: 12524706
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A number of national initiatives have focused attention on persistent racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. The rising tide of improvements in health has not raised all boats; in some cases, the health gap between whites and minorities has widened. Although many social and economic forces contribute to this gap, inequitable access to health care also plays a part. This Issue Brief examines a common strategy that managed care organizations use to reduce emergency department visits--gatekeeping--and describes a study of the differential impact it may have on African Americans.

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