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Effect of Insurance Type on Access to Orthopedic Care for Pediatric Trigger Thumb.

Authors
  • Ayoade, Oluwaseun F1
  • Fowler, John R2
  • 1 Department of Orthopedics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Department of Orthopedics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of hand surgery
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
45
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2020.03.003
PMID: 32434731
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

To assess the effect of type of insurance coverage on the ability of a pediatric patient to obtain an outpatient orthopedic appointment for trigger thumb. A list of 200 orthopedic practices in 4 states were contacted and presented with a fictitious 3-year-old patient with trigger thumb. The patient was presented as having Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance during the first call and Medicaid during the second call. Data regarding whether an appointment was offered or denied were recorded. Of the 200 practices, 81 were excluded, 22 because they did not answer the calls, 25 needed the patient's social security number, 19 needed medical records, 5 had no hand surgeon in the practice, and 10 would not see any children at all. Of the 119 practices included in the analysis, the private insurance patient was able to get an appointment 51.3% of the time whereas the Medicaid patient was able to get an appointment in 26.9% of instances. There is a significant effect of insurance status on the ability of pediatric patients with trigger thumb to obtain outpatient orthopedic appointments. Pediatric patients with Medicaid face greater barriers to accessing proper care for trigger thumb than patients with private insurance. Copyright © 2020 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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