Predictors of individual choice of a private HMO
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are a type of managed healthcare system in the United States. Different from non-managed healthcare system and other managed care systems, HMOs have a network that is composed of hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers, which all have contracts with HMOs. It grew robustly since the United States Congress passed the Health Maintenance Organization Act in 1973, but has been meeting challenges from other managed care systems in the recent years. The paper is thus to examine which groups of people are more likely to enroll in a private HMO plan over other private healthcare plans by examining the relationship between demographic variables, in addition to other factors of a person, and their choice of a private HMO plan. This paper uses the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) from 2005.; This study tests the hypothesis that the characteristics of people are different between those who choose a private HMO and who do not choose another private insurance program. And these differences can affect people's decision of whether to enroll in the program or not. Understanding the characteristics information helps HMO policy makers better target the people that are more likely to be enrolled in this healthcare plan.
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