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skimping

Etymology: Swed, skrympa, to shrink
a practice, sometimes used by health programs that receive their income on a prepaid or capitation basis, of delaying or denying services to enrolled members of the program as a means of increasing profits by decreasing costs. See also skimming.

skimping

The delaying or denial of services to members of a prepaid or “capped” health plan, as a means of controlling costs.

Rationale
Because the monies received by the health plan remain constant, providing “extra” services is more costly to the plan.

Examples
Delaying cataract surgery or reducing approvals of costly procedures, to levels below what is considered appropriate by knowledgeable practitioners.

'skimping'

Managed care The delaying or denial of services to members of a prepaid or 'capped' health plan, to control costs–because the monies received by the health plan remain constant, providing 'extra' services is more costly to the plan. See Skimming, Capitation.
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