Title

Medical Interventions Among Pregnant Women in Fee-for-Service and Managed Care Insurance: a Propensity Score Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/00036840500426892

Abstract

This paper extends earlier research on the effect of managed care on the receipt of four medical interventions for pregnant women: ultrasound, induction/stimulation of birth, electronic fetal monitor, and Caesarean delivery. Propensity score methods are used to account for sample selection issues regarding insurance choice. Managed care enrollees are more likely to receive an ultrasound, which may be indicative of receiving better prenatal care. Managed care plans reduce the rate of Caesarean deliveries, but such limitations may be beneficial given the substantial medical evidence that Caesarean deliveries are over-utilized. The results indicate that insurance coverage does influence treatment intensity, but that utilization controls and provider financial incentives do not adversely affect care for pregnant women.

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Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Applied Economics, v. 38, issue 13, p. 1513-1525

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