The impact on utilization of a copayment increase for ambulatory psychiatric care

Janet R. Hankin, Donald M. Steinwachs, Charmian Elkes

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Abstract

The impact of a copayment increase on the utilization of psychiatric services in a prepaid group practice program is examined. Data are presented on utilization at the Columbia Medical Plan (Columbia, Maryland) two years before and two years after the copayment increase. There was a highly transient response to the increase in the copayment for psychiatric care. The year of the copayment increase was characterized by a small decline in the proportion of enrollees using psychiatric care, and a slight decrease in the utilization rate. These declines were short-lived, and utilization returned to previous levels one year after the copayment increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-815
Number of pages9
JournalMedical care
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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