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HDHPs Associated With 14% Decline in Health Spending

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011
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.
The findings are published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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