Karen Beauregard

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This article describes the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), the third in a series of nationally representative surveys of medical care use and expenditures sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. The MEPS is designed to provide extensive data on the types of health care services American use, how frequently they use them, how(More)
INTRODUCTION Accurate survey data on medical conditions are critical for health care researchers. Although medical condition data are complex and are subject to reporting error, little information exists on the quality of household reported condition data. METHODS We used pooled data from 4 years (2002-2005) of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)(More)
As employers have turned to managed care to curtail the rising cost of health care benefits, the number of HMO enrollees has proliferated. Between 1984 and 1994, HMO enrollment increased from approximately 15 million to over 49 million individuals. Although research has indicated that HMOs have been effective in limiting medical costs, there is mixed(More)
OBJECTIVES Universal coverage will trigger an increase in health-care spending, because the uninsured will use more services after they are insured. The effect of insurance status on expenditures is estimated here from a multivariate statistical model. METHODS The model is estimated with data from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey, aged to 1994(More)
This paper describes the problems inherent in targeting new health care initiatives to disadvantaged communities rather than to disadvantaged persons in the 100 wealthiest counties in the United States. The barriers to care experienced by such persons are generally comparable to those of other poor persons. Deprivations in access to care appear to be caused(More)
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