Termination From Medi-Cal -- Does It Affect Health?
Ward, Nancy B.
Shapiro, Martin F.
Brook, Robert H.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1984 Aug 16; 311(7): 480-484.
Indigent adult patients terminated from California state medical benefits (Medi-Cal) were evaluated before and six months after losing their benefits. Although these medically indigent persons were offered a variety of services to asist them in getting health care, there was significant deterioration in their access to care, satisfaction with care, and health status. An increase in uncontrolled hypertension provided the clearest evidence of worsened health status. Reductions in health care spending may have serious medical implications; it is suggested that these be evaluated before policies are changed. (KIE abstract)
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Lurie, Nicole; Ward, Nancy B.; Shapiro, Martin F.; Gallego, Claudio; Vaghaiwalla, Rati; Brook, Robert H. (1986-05-08)Indigent adult patients whose California state medical benefits (Medi-Cal) had been terminated were re-evaluated one year after an initial study to determine if the adverse health consequences found in that study would ...