Physicians Less Likely to Prescribe Clinical Services for Uninsured People

From 1992 to 1994, researchers from the Health Care Policy Research and Development Unit of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center of Massachusetts General Hospital conducted an empirical study of the role of patient insurance status on clinical decision-making.

Key Findings

  • Clinical decisions regarding a range of ambulatory services may be influenced by patients' insurance status.

  • Physicians' recommendations may be important mediators in insurance-related variations in the use of health care services.