Who is enrolled in for-profit vs. nonprofit medicare HMOs?

Jan Blustein, Emma C. Hoy

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Abstract

We compare the characteristics of enrollees in for-profit and non-profit Medicare health plans using nationwide data from the 1996 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. We find few differences in overall health status, limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs), or history of chronic disease. However, older Americans enrolled in for-profit plans are substantially poorer and less educated than those enrolled in nonprofit plans, are more likely to have joined their plan recently, and are more likely to have joined a plan with the expectation of reducing their out-of-pocket health care costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-220
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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