Unsettling times for public health care providers.Nurs Manage. 1996 Sep; 27(9):14, 16-7.NM
Public health care facilities are facing challenging times as managed care sweeps the nation. Many of their traditional patients are switching to private health plans. Managed care organizations often are reluctant to contract with or refer patients to public facilities because of their relatively high costs. Public providers systems must deliver a quality product at competitive costs to survive in a managed care environment.