A number of national initiatives have focused attention on persistent racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. The rising tide of improvements in health has not raised all boats; in some cases, the health gap between whites and minorities has widened. Although many social and economic forces contribute to this gap, inequitable access to health care also plays a part. This Issue Brief examines a common strategy that managed care organizations use to reduce emergency department visits--gatekeeping--and describes a study of the differential impact it may have on African Americans.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||LDI issue brief|
|State||Published - Apr 2001|
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