Abstract

DISPELLING THE NEGATIVE MYTHS OF MANAGED CARE: AN ANALYSIS OF ANTI-MANAGED CARE LEGISLATION AND THE QUALITY OF CARE PROVIDED BY HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS

BRUCE D. PLATT AND LISA D. STREAM

1996 Florida State University Law Review

The first part of this Article discusses managed care legislation. Specifically, it provides a summary of some of the last five years of Florida's legislative health care advancements incorporating managed care concepts. It then discusses some of the proposed legislation which targets HMOs and other managed care plans. The second part of the Article presents a comprehensive analysis of medical literature comparing the quality of care provided by HMOs to the quality of care provided to patients with traditional fee-for-service insurance. The available literature indicates that the quality of care provided by HMOs is as good as, if not better than, the quality of care provided in a traditional fee-for-service setting. Finally, the Article concludes that, because studies show that the quality of care in HMOs is as good as the care provided under traditional insurance coverage, legislation which would cripple managed care in the name of preserving quality is unnecessary and counterproductive.


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