TITLE

A Co-payment for Consultant Services: Primary Care Physicians’ Referral Actualization

AUTHOR(S)
Vardy, Daniel; Freud, Tami; Sherf, Michael; Spilberg, Ofer; Goldfarb, Dan; Cohen, Arnon; Mor-Yosef, Shlomo; Shvartzman, Pesach
PUB. DATE
February 2008
SOURCE
Journal of Medical Systems;Feb2008, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p37
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Prospective evaluation of the effect of a new co-payment for specialists consultations on actualization of referrals (2,432 patient), was examined. Actualization of the appointment, reasons for not actualizing, and sociodemographic characteristics were recorded. Actualization was 85.1% in community consultation clinics and 91.7% in hospital outpatient clinics. The main reasons for non actualization were: inability to reach the clinic (53.4%), the problem had resolved (15%), and co-payment (2%). In addition, 19.1% stated that they did not actualize a past consultant visit due to co-payment. Referring physicians noted that co-payment had some effect on their decision, especially with the elderly or lower income patients. A relatively small compulsory co-payment was not found to have a long term effect on utilization of specialists’ services.
ACCESSION #
28110547

 

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