Among the report findings:
- Health costs increased for enrollees in both high-deductible and traditional plans but grew more slowly in the high-deductible group.
- HDHP enrollees spent less on both inpatient and outpatient medical services, as well as prescription drugs. Spending for emergency care did not differ from traditional plans.
- Individual deductibles must be rather high ?more than $1,000 per person? to achieve meaningful cost savings.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.