A comparison of cost-sharing versus free care in children: effects on the demand for office-based medical care.

@article{Anderson1991ACO,
  title={A comparison of cost-sharing versus free care in children: effects on the demand for office-based medical care.},
  author={Geoffrey M. Anderson and Robert F. Brook and Allison M Williams},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={1991},
  volume={29 9},
  pages={890-8}
}
Using data from the community based RAND Health Insurance Experiment, the effect of cost-sharing versus free care on the use of office-based medical care in children was examined. Children from families on cost-sharing plans had a 22 percent lower probability (P less than 0.005) of having an episode of care during the study year. Both the number of episodes of care and total charges for outpatient professional services were 30 percent lower (P less than 0.005) with cost-sharing. cost-sharing… CONTINUE READING

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