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Current and future developments in managed care in the United States and implications for Europe

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Author(s): Lagoe Ronald | Aspling Deborah | Westert Gert

Journal: Health Research Policy and Systems
ISSN 1478-4505

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2005;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract The paper reviews and evaluates current and future approaches to cost containment in the United States. Managed care was once seen as an effective approach to supporting health care quality while containing costs in the USA. In recent years payors started to look in other directions, since prospects for limiting expenses faded. Nowadays consumer driven health plans seem to be on the rise. The reasons for the decline of managed care, the growing popularity of the consumer driven health plans and the implications for Europe are discussed.

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