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Gatekeeping – Open Door to Effective Medical Care Utilisation?

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  • Eva Hromadkova

We assess the ability of health insurance plans with gatekeeping restrictions to control the utilization of medical care through their inuence on the choice of the initial provider. Empirical results are based on the individuallevel utilization panel data from 2001-2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. We nd only small dierences between the initial provider chosen by individuals enrolled in gatekeeping and non-gatekeeping plans. This, together with the fact that within gatekeeping plans, 21 percent of patients self-refer to specialists, imply that the intended cost-containment eect of gatekeeping, namely restricting the utilization of specialty care, is surprisingly weak.

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Paper provided by The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague in its series CERGE-EI Working Papers with number wp400.

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Date of creation: Nov 2009
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