EBRI: Cost-shifting reduces doctor visits, prescriptions

06/12/2013 | InsuranceNewsNet

A study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that consumer-directed health plans resulted in fewer physician visits and less prescription drug use. The comparative study of two large businesses reported 0.26 fewer doctor visits and 0.85 fewer prescriptions filled per person annually. The consumer-directed plans put a greater share of health care costs on employees, and an EBRI researcher said their use is expected to increase.

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