High-deductible plans reduce spending, preventive care

03/29/2011 | Healthcare Finance News

Health care spending by families that had health plans with a deductible of at least $1,000 per person decreased an average 14%, according to a Rand Corp. study that included 800,000 U.S. families. However, researchers said there was a significant decrease in the use of preventive care, such as routine blood tests for diabetes, vaccinations and colorectal cancer screening, which could lead to serious health problems and more costly care in the future.

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