A Prescription for Medi-Cal

Report #106, November 1990


Three persistent problems plague this complex program: recipients have difficulty accessing treatment; the quality of medical care given recipients is often poor or inconsistent throughout the state; and provider participation is low.

This Commission report contains 28 recommendations based on 12 findings. The recommendations embodied in this report can be generalized in three main points: 1) streamline present processes that affect recipients and providers; 2) expand the use of the State’s purchasing power to bargain for more efficient and effective ways of providing medical care; and 3) explore the potential of prioritizing health care services.