For-profit health insurers willing to fund operations, study shows

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A study found that for-profit health insurers are just as likely as not-for-profit ones to pay for costly operations for the elderly such as heart bypasses and knee replacements.

The study of 1997 data on 12 operations and other procedures showed that for-profit plans were neither denying care nor holding down costs as much as commonly believed, the researchers said.

The study was led by Dr. Eric Schneider, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. It was published in today's New England Journal of Medicine.

The Associated Press


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