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Research examines link between diabetes care, health plans

Diabetes patients who switched to high-deductible health plans waited an average of 1.5 months longer to seek medical care for new symptoms of diabetes-related cardiovascular complications, 3.1 months longer to seek treatment and 1.9 months longer for diagnostic tests compared with those in low-deductible plans, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers evaluated data for nearly 34,000 people and found that those who switched to higher-deductible plans had up to 53% higher out-of-pocket health costs.

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