by Claudia L. Schur, Marc L. Berk, and Jill M. Yegian
December 06, 2004
Controlling health care costs through the use of managed care has often been presented as a remedy to the problems it faces today. However, a recent survey from the University of Chicago revealed that many consumers are more inclined to accept cost-containment practices than in the past, including using cheaper drugs and getting referrals and/or authorizations for services and treatments. The response to cost containment practices varies among segments of the population: The uninsured, low-income people in poor health and young, healthy individuals were most likely to favor them, while wealthier consumers in poor health were least likely to favor them.