Switching to a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) could save families 20 percent or more on their health care costs. Families with CDHPs initiate less episodes of care and spend less per episode, however, they also tend to scale back on high-value preventive care, such as child vaccinations.
Skin in the Game: How Consumer-Directed Health Plans Can Affect the Cost and Use of Health Care
RAND Congressional Briefing Series
Families who switched from a traditional health plan to a consumer-directed health plan spent an average of 21 percent less on health care in the first year after switching than similar families who remained in traditional plans. Amelia Haviland presents the results of several new RAND studies on cost and quality in consumer-directed health plans, and explores how switching plans affects the quality of care.
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