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March 10, 2004

Quality of Care in Medicaid Managed Care vs Commercial Managed Care Plans

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1195-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1195-b

To the Editor: Dr Thompson and colleagues1 reported that the quality of care delivered to children enrolled in Medicaid health plans compared unfavorably to the care delivered to the commercially insured. This comparison, however, ignores the striking differences in socioeconomic status between children covered by commercial vs Medicaid plans, which appears to be responsible for most of the disparities in access and quality of care.2

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