Patients with managed care are less likely to see dermatologists for skin problems than are patients with traditional insurance.
Through 1992, increase in the demand for treatment of skin problems reduced the effect of managed care on dermatologists.
We assessed the continued impact of managed care on visits to dermatologists.
Skin disease visits from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were analyzed for the years 1990-1994.
We found that demand for treatment of skin problems did not rise between 1992 and 1994, but demand for dermatologists'services within the managed care sector more than doubled.
In 1994 patients with HMO/prepaid insurance with skin disease were just as likely to see a dermatologist as were patients with commercial insurance.
Mean visit duration for skin problems was 19% longer for nondermatologists than for dermatologists (p<0.001).
We conclude that dermatologists are more efficient at treating skin disease than nondermatologists and that utilization of dermatologists within managed care is increasing.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin intégré, Médecin, Dermatologie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Etude statistique, Système santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Managed care, Physician, Dermatology, United States, North America, America, Statistical study, Health system
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