Publication Date: September 2001
Publisher: California HealthCare Foundation
Author(s): Allan Baumgarten
Research Area: Health
Managed health care has had an enormous impact on organizations and individuals in California. It is high on the agenda in state government and in other policy forums. Yet, these discussions do not always begin with a shared set of data about and a common understanding of organizations and issues in the market. This report provides a variety of audiences with an objective analysis of market issues and trends and a set of data that will help inform future debates about health policy. The report focuses on the organizations that deliver, organize, and finance health care and health insurance in the state. It presents data on enrollment, finances, and utilization trends for health maintenance organizations, hospitals, and physicians' organizations. The analysis seeks to put these data in context with developments in the market, including purchaser initiatives, provider integration, and state policies on health care access and quality. Other aspects of health care, such as dental health, alternative medicine, mental health, and long-term care are generally not covered here.
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