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Measuring Physician Contribution to the Healthcare Safety Net Case Solution & Answer

There are about 46 million uninsured Americans and many more for health insurance does not cover all medically necessary services. These individuals and families have to rely more on government programs and the willingness of doctors to provide services without compensation, often described by providers as charity care. Previous studies have shown a downward trend in the percentage of physicians willing or able to provide charity care. We extend this research by examining the results of the survey on the cost of the Medical Group Management Association of Medical Practices Group for 2005, 2006 and 2007. It is important to note uncompensated care reported by medical groups because the groups can have policies that govern the amount, if any, of charity care their physicians provide. These survey data show that, in general, the number of medical practices that provide charity care continues to decline. The results and analysis of the survey data indicate that (charity) care is not offered for less than half of the medical practice, and less than 2% of total gross expenditure. Results were examined potential explanatory variables: population density, size of the practice, the practice of specialized doctors, the ownership structure of the practice, payer mix, and practice financial performance. The results are consistent in all categories, charity care is declining. These results have important policy implications for the federal government and state governments, especially in light of the current recession and the health reform bill.
by
Lawrence M. Metzger,
Steven Andes,
David N. Gans,
James W. Margolis
Source: Business Horizons
11 pages.
Date Posted: March 15, 2010. Prod #: BH380-PDF-ENG
Measuring the contribution of physicians in solving the case of health security network

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