Cost-sharing and the use of general medical physicians for outpatient mental health care.

@article{Wells1987CostsharingAT,
  title={Cost-sharing and the use of general medical physicians for outpatient mental health care.},
  author={Kenneth Brooks Wells and Willard G. Manning and Naihua Duan and Joseph Newhouse and John E. Ware},
  journal={Health services research},
  year={1987},
  volume={22 1},
  pages={1-17}
}
Many patients with emotional disorders receive their mental health care from general medical physicians. In this article, we examine differences in costs and style between mental health care delivered by mental health specialists and that provided by general medical physicians, and the sensitivity to insurance of the patient's choice of mental health care provider. We use data from a randomized trial of cost-sharing, the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. Even when all outpatient mental health… CONTINUE READING