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November 1997

Quality Safeguards for Managed Care

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(11):1398-1401. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890470072012

Discussions about quality of care are seemingly the order of the day. According to a poll of more than 1000 adults conducted by the National Coalition for Health Care, 75% believe there were serious problems with the quality of health care and almost the same percentage believe quality care is often compromised by insurance companies to save money. One can scarcely pick up an issue of JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine without encountering at least 1 article on quality assessment. Likewise, it is common to find in the lay press exposés and articles that are critical of health care quality in managed care plans, such as that by Jane Bryant Quinn1 in Newsweek.