Managed care scores well with Medicaid patients

Medicaid patients enrolled in managed care plans are happier with their health care and have better access to care than those in the traditional Medicaid program, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.1

Medicaid managed care patients were more likely to see the same doctor for their care and to call the health plan when they needed after-hours help rather than visiting the emergency room. They also reported shorter waiting times.

The study also found no significant difference in inpatient hospital stays and emergency room visits between managed care and conventional Medicaid patients.

The 1,448 patients in the Medicaid survey voluntarily enrolled in managed care plans in New York City and were healthier than those in the traditional program.


1. Sisk JE, et al. Evaluation of Medicaid managed care: Satisfaction, access and use. JAMA 1996; 276:50-55.