Voluntary purchasing pools: A market model for improving access, quality, and cost in health care

Kathleen M. Haddad*, Christine K. Cassel, Robert A. Berenson, Philip D. Bertram, Philip Altus, Angela McLean, Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, William M. Fogarty, David J. Gullen, Nancy E. Gary, Derrick L. Latos, Janice Herbert-Carter, James Webster, Richard Honsiger

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Abstract

States and small businesses have been rapidly establishing voluntary health care purchasing pools during the past few years. Purchasing pools can decrease health care costs, improve access for some small businesses and individual persons, allow greater choice among health care plans, and provide continuity of care. Purchasing pools also help to even the balance of power in the health care marketplace, which has come increasingly under the control of huge proprietary managed care corporations. This position paper of the American College of Physicians discusses how a system of well-designed voluntary purchasing pools can help protect the integrity of health care in the emerging managed care marketplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-853
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Volume124
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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