This is Science Today. If you're enrolled in a managed
care health plan, you may think you have better
access to preventive services like disease screenings
or immunizations than in non-managed plans. In fact,
studies in the past have said as much - but new
research from the University of California, San
Francisco, has found this may not be the case. Kathryn
Phillips, lead author of the latest study, says
that's because managed care has changed dramatically
over the last decade.
Phillips: What we found overall is that we
really don't know whether managed care plans do
or do not provide more preventive services than
fee for service plans.
Narrator: That's because there's no longer
just one type of managed care health plan, so Phillips
recommends better consumer awareness.
Phillips: Consumers should know what type
of plan they're in, what types of benefits they
provide, how well their plan scores relative to
other plans in terms of providing preventive services
that are recommended.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa