Racial/ethnic disparities in admissions to public and private psychiatric inpatient settings: the effect of managed care

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Department of Psychiatry

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Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; *Continental Population Groups; Ethnic Groups; Female; Health Services Accessibility; Health Services Research; Hospitals, Private; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Hospitals, Public; Humans; Male; Managed Care Programs; Massachusetts; Medicaid; Middle Aged; Patient Admission; United States


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


This study investigates the effect of managed care on access patterns among people of color who are severely and persistently mentally ill. The distribution of admissions to public and private psychiatric hospitals was compared for African-American, Asian, Latino, and white case managed clients of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health before and after implementation of Medicaid managed mental health care in October 1997. Managed care appears to have increased access to private services across all racial and ethnic groups, although admissions of non-white patients were still more likely to take place in publicly operated settings. These data suggest that equalizing access to putatively better inpatient treatment settings may be an externality of managed care.


Adm Policy Ment Health. 1998 Nov;26(2):101-9.

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Administration and policy in mental health

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