Razing a tower of babel: A taxonomy for managed care and health insurance plans

J. P. Weiner, G. De Lissovoy

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Abstract

To many, the U.S. health care system has become an unintelligible alphabet soup of three-letter health plans. There is little agreement about which characteristics distinguish one type of plan from another. In this article we chip away at what has become a Tower of Babel of managed care and health insurance terminology. We review past and current trends in the market for nontraditional health benefit plans and propose a taxonomy, or system of classification, that will aid in understanding how managed care plans differ from conventional health insurance and from one another. Also included is a comprehensive glossary of terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-112
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of health politics, policy and law
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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