Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Schneider and colleagues1 found that Medicaid beneficiaries had lower likelihood
of receiving each of the 4 clinical services they measured (ie, breast cancer
screening, eye examinations among patients with diabetes, β-blocker use
after myocardial infarction, and follow-up after hospitalization for mental
illness). In their study, an individual was classified as a Medicaid recipient
"if they were enrolled in state coverage for at least 1 month during the calendar
year," a common approach in this literature.
Koroukian SM. Racial Disparities in Health Care. JAMA. 2002;287(22):2942–2943. doi:10.1001/jama.287.22.2942
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