Helping clients with HIV disease navigate managed care.

P. N. Halkitis, T. Mayne

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The transition of medical care from fee-for-service to managed care is having an impact on health and mental health practitioners who provide care to people with HIV and AIDS. Evidence suggests that the quality of managed care is not adequate for older patients and patients with chronic diseases. Satisfaction with a managed care plan is often linked to perception of the plan's convenience, the relationship with one's primary health care provider, and the limits on out-of-pocket expenses. Dissatisfaction is linked to inefficient service, limits on choice of provider, and substandard care. The experiences of mental health care providers and recipients in the managed care system are discussed. Advocates note enhanced communication among health care providers and opponents voice concerns about regulation. The greatest concern is that treatment decisions will be based on factors other than the client's needs and best interests. Managed care has the potential to constrain psychotherapeutic treatment, however, understanding managed care plans can result in creative treatment approaches and strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalFocus (San Francisco, Calif.)
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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