Incentives for Medicaid Patients Will Encourage Healthier Habits and Lower Costs
There are various reasons policy makers utilize incentives to promote health care use and healthy behavior; but, the ultimate goal is to combat increasing health care costs and the best way is to “help individuals get and stay healthy” (Greene, 2011, p. 580). Adler & Newman (2002) found that people of low socioeconomic status do not utilize health services as much as their counterparts with a higher socioeconomic status regardless of being eligible for Medicaid. Greene’s study examined the impact of Idaho’s Preventative Health Assistance (PHA) program on health service utilization that would prove to combat against non-utilization of preventative care. The goal for implementing this program was to “promote healthy behavior and responsible use of health care services” by introducing incentives (Greene, 2011, p. 582).
Greene (2011) observed whether or not there was an increase in children’s wellness visit rates in the first 2 years of implementation of PHA program compared to