The Managed Care Backlash and the Task Force in California

The Managed Care Backlash and the Task Force in California

By
Alain C. Enthoven, S. J. Singer
Health Affairs.
1998, Vol. 17, Issue 4, Pages 95-110

Signs of a managed care backlash in California are increasing. This paper reports and interprets the recently completed work of the California Managed Health Care Improvement Task Force, focusing on the managed care backlash and the state's regulatory response. Although cost containment was a contributing factor, the causes of and solutions to the backlash differ among consumers, physicians, health care workers, politicians, and health plans. The recommendations of the task force could improve the market for health insurance. However, lasting solutions to the profound problems causing the backlash will require fundamental cultural and systemic change.