Publication Abstract

Authors: Baker LC, Brown ML

Title: Managed care, consolidation among health care providers, and health care: evidence from mammography.

Journal: Rand J Econ 30(2):351-74

Date: 1999 Summer

Abstract: We discuss the effects of managed care on the structure of the health care delivery system, focusing on managed-care-induced consolidation among health care providers. We empirically investigate the relationship between HMO market share and mammography providers. We find evidence of consolidation: increases in HMO activity are associated with reductions in the number of mammography providers and with increases in the number of services produced by remaining providers. We also find that increases in HMO market share are associated with reductions in costs for mammography and with increases in waiting times for appointments, but not with worse health outcomes.