Consumer information needs in a competitive health care environment.
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The role of information in facilitating choice in a competitive health care marketplace is clearly pivotal, but it is also
complex and occasionally problematic. Although it is clear that information is critical to the competitive approach, less
clear is the relationship between the availability of appropriate information and the exercise of informed choice, a relationship
that is obscured in the tangle of influences that affect the use and delivery of medical care. Nonetheless, the centralized
and standardized collection, review, and dissemination of relevant health care data remain the keys to predicting--and avoiding--adverse
outcomes in the development of health care policy.
Data Collection : Information Services : Comparative Study : Consumer Participation/economics : Economic Competition : Evaluation
Studies : Health Maintenance Organizations/standards : Medicare : United States : United States Health Care Financing Administration