Cross-border HMOs improve cost savings, cultural sensitivities

Butler, Kelley M.
February 2006
Employee Benefit News;Feb2006, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p35
The article focuses on the role of cross-border health maintenance organization (HMO) health plans in reducing care costs and improving cultural understanding in the U.S. Access Baja was launched by Blue Shield of California to allow its U.S. or Mexican members to receive medical care in Mexico. Mexican employees tend to turn to doctors who would speak to them in fluent Spanish. A legislation to create cross-border HMO in Texas was defeated due to health care quality concerns.


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