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Title
Access of rural AFDC Medicaid beneficiaries to mental health services.
First Author
Lambert, David
Date of Pub
1995 Fall
Pages
133-145
Volume
17
Issue
1
Other Authors
Agger, Marc S
Abstract
This article examines geographic differences in the use of mental health services among Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)-eligible Medicaid beneficiaries in Maine. Findings indicate that rural AFDC beneficiaries have significantly lower utilization of mental health services than urban beneficiaries. Specialty mental health providers account for the majority of ambulatory visits for both rural and urban beneficiaries. However, rural beneficiaries rely more on primary-care providers than do urban beneficiaries. Differences in use are largely explained by variations in the supply of specialty mental health providers. This finding supports the long-held assumption that lower supply is a barrier to access to mental health services in rural areas.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Aid to Families with Dependent Children/economics/utilization : Geography : Health Services Accessibility/statistics & numerical data : Human : Maine/epidemiology : Medicaid/economics/utilization : Mental Disorders/epidemiology : Mental Health Services/economics/utilization : Rural Health Services/economics/utilization : Support, Non-U.S. Gov't : Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. : United States/epidemiology
NTIS Number
PB96-139548