This is Science Today. Selecting a managed care
health plan is no easy task - especially with so
many different types of plans to choose from. One
feature many people may look for in a plan is the
amount of preventive care offered, but Kathryn Phillips,
a health services researcher at the University of
California, San Francisco, says consumers should
first understand what kind of preventive services
Phillips: There are some services that may not be relevant for certain people, so consumers need to know what's recommended for people in their category and be familiar with the recommendations so that they know when to ask their provider about getting a certain service.
Narrator: Phillips and her colleagues will
be looking into how different types of managed care
plans influence the use of cancer screening.
Phillips: So we'll be able to examine such
things as what types of benefits are provided, what
types of provider networks are available, what types
of systems are in place so that we can get inside
of the black box of managed care to try to figure
out what's really going on care and what characteristics
of plans are most important?
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa