Consumers Give Open Model of Managed Care Five Star Rating
In fact, Carter says most of his association's members would likely agree
that having physician groups in charge of making health care decisions is
probably the best way to go -- but says that type of system can potentially get
out of hand. "Some degree of choice and open access makes sense," he
says. "The danger is ... we'll wind up with overtreatment."
Not everyone agrees: "You're medically-legally liable," says W.C.
Williams, MD, senior vice-president of the National Association of Managed Care
Physicians. "So most of my colleagues do what's medically appropriate
anyway. That's what we've been taught and that's how we treat
- An open system of managed care, in which a private physician's office works
under contract with a managed care provider, works better than a closed system,
or managed care facility, according to a new study.
- Consumers rated the open model better in access to care, continuity with
the doctor, and quality of interpersonal relationship with the doctor.
- Researchers say the primary explanation is that doctors in the open model
provide better customer service because they are solely responsible for the