Provider networks and primary-care signups: do they restrict the use of medical services?

@article{Deb2009ProviderNA,
  title={Provider networks and primary-care signups: do they restrict the use of medical services?},
  author={Partha Deb and Pravin K. Trivedi},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2009},
  volume={18 12},
  pages={1361-80}
}
This article analyzes the effect of gatekeeper and network restrictions on use of health-care services using simulation-based estimation methods. Data from the Community Tracking Survey (1996-1997) show significant evidence of selection into plans with gatekeeper and/or network restrictions. Enrollees in plans with networks of physicians have fewer office-based visits to non-physician medical professionals, but more emergency room visits and hospital stays. Individuals in plans that require… CONTINUE READING