prepaid care


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prepaid care

Managed care in which a patient or group contracts for all its health care services in advance, instead of paying for each service when it is delivered.
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prepaid care, concluded directly with the service provider of the medical services market, or by concluding a contract of medical insurance with a selected insurance company.
The Depression years highlighted the need for a systematic means of financing health care services for a greater percentage of the population than the isolated provider-initiated efforts at prepaid care had achieved.
This concern is sharpened as physician reimbursement changes and health care is provided in a competitive environment of managed and prepaid care, threatening to reduce the status of patients to commodities rather than people with an affliction.
For example, patients of lower socioeconomic status may be less effective in slipping through gatekeeping passages of prepaid care than their more advantaged counterparts.
Clearly, the transition from fee-for-service to prepaid care is not a unique, single dimension phenomenon occurring in only one market segment, but a synergistic, multi-market transition that will continue to profoundly impact U.S.
What's required is a network of Preventive Health Maintenance Organizations (PHMO) to provide prepaid care for a wide range of alternative or simply relaxing treatments.