The objective of the study was to validate the assumption that respondents who self-identified as white, were more likely to be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage HMO Plan and underutilize health care services when compared to their non-white counterparts.
The results showed that the majority of the respondents in the stratified population of Medicare eligible respondents were categorized as White, 11,271 out of 15,297, and 42% reported being enrolled in a Medicare Advantage HMO Plan. A total of 3,685 of the White respondents on Medicare Advantage HMO Plans indicated they were in "Good" or better health, which was 78% of all White respondents in this population. The mean number of times that White respondents were seen by an MD (Figure 2) fell within the same range of 5-6 times for the majority of the Race/Ethnic groups. The mean number of hospital stays for Whites and the other Race/Ethnic groups ranged from 1.86-1.92 within the same 12 month period, with the exception of Pacific Islanders.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Medicare advantage and financing, Utilization|
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