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October 3, 2001

Managed Care: Success or Failure

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(13):1576-1577. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1573

To the Editor: Dr Robinson1 argued that the era of managed care has passed. However, whether managed care is dead or alive depends on the definition of managed care. If by managed care Robinson means health maintenance organizations (HMOs), perhaps he is right. However, managed care is flourishing in many forms and there does not appear to be such a thing as "unmanaged care" remaining. Despite the bad image, polls show HMO member satisfaction is equal to that of traditional plans.2