This paper investigates gender differences in satisfaction, and in the variables associated with satisfaction, using the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS) adult questionnaire administered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as part of HEDIS 1999. Data represent 97,873 men and women enrolled in 206 commercial managed care plans nationwide. Mean plan-level gender differences in satisfaction measures are small, with no consistent pattern of one gender being more satisfied than the other. Controlling for health plan, member, utilization, and selected HEDIS performance indicators, health plan characteristics account for the largest proportion of variance explained in satisfaction. Not-for-profit status and lower turnover of primary care providers are stronger determinants of women's than men's satisfaction. We conclude that it can be useful to analyze CAHPS scores by gender to identify areas for quality improvement in women's health care.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health(social science)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Maternity and Midwifery