Managed care and women's health: access, preventive services, and satisfaction

Womens Health Issues. May-Jun 2001;11(3):201-15. doi: 10.1016/s1049-3867(01)00079-2.


This paper examines insured women's access to health care, receipt of preventive services, and satisfaction with care by the types of health plans in which they are enrolled. Three types of plans are compared: managed care (HMOs and PPOs), fee-for-service with utilization controls, and traditional fee-for-service. For women who have been enrolled in their plans for at least one year, we find the same or better access to care in managed care plans as compared with other plans; receipt of more gender-specific clinical preventive services in managed care plans, but no differences among types of plans for non-gender-specific preventive services or counseling services; and lower satisfaction with care in managed care plans. The implications for practice and policy are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Managed Care Programs / organization & administration*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Preventive Health Services*
  • United States
  • Women's Health*