Quality of care for women undergoing a hysterectomy: effects of insurance and race/ethnicity.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:We assessed the quality of hospital care for women who underwent a hysterectomy to compare Medicaid-covered women with privately insured women and minority women with White women. METHODS:We evaluated medical decisions, inpatient care, quality of inpatient care, and outcomes. RESULTS:Quality of hospital care was equivalent for Medicaid-covered women compared with privately insured women and for non-Hispanic Black women compared with White women. Medicaid-covered women (40%) and Black women (68%) were more likely to have a complication compared with privately insured women and White women, respectively. CONCLUSIONS:Increased complications after hysterectomy may result in increased economic burdens to Medicaid. Further studies of the racial/ethnic and sociodemographic issues are needed so that disparities may be adequately addressed.

journal_name

Am J Public Health

authors

Hakim RB,Benedict MB,Merrick NJ

doi

10.2105/ajph.94.8.1399

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2004-08-01 00:00:00

pages

1399-405

issue

8

eissn

0090-0036

issn

1541-0048

pii

94/8/1399

journal_volume

94

pub_type

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