Date of Award

5-20-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Roberta Herzberg

Abstract

Since 1994 the issue of how access is impacted by managed care in rural Utah has been the focus of State advisory groups, the Utah Health Policy Commission, and the legislature. The Health Systems Improvement Act (1995) formalized the concern with a request that the Utah Department of Health study this impact (Sinclair et. Al., #2, pg. 1). In focus meetings around the state, the perception that managed care can negatively impact access in rural communities is generally accepted without significant controversy. Such comments often assume that rural residents will be forced to travel further or will receive fewer services that insurers have excluded from their managed care plans.

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