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Developing Health Care Consumers

According to a recent survey, adults in Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHPs) were more likely than those in traditional coverage to:
  • Say that they had checked whether the plan would cover care: 61% CDHP vs. 50% traditional
  • Ask for a generic drug instead of a brand name: 56% CDHP vs. 46% traditional
  • Talk to their doctor about prescription drug options and costs: 44% CDHP vs. 35% traditional
  • Talk to their doctor about other treatment options and costs: 40% CDHP vs. 33% traditional
  • Ask their doctor to recommend a less costly prescription drug: 39% CDHP vs. 34% traditional
  • Develop a budget to manage health careexpenses: 32% CDHP vs. 15% traditional
  • Check the price of service before getting care: 35% CDHP vs. 25% traditional
  • Use an online cost-tracking tool provided by the health plan: 24% CDHP vs. 12% traditional

Source: “Findings from the 2009 EBRI/MGA Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey”, Employee Benefit Research Insitute, December 2009, 


December 8, 2009 - Posted by | Cost, drugs, healthcare, Overuse | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Mark Gaunya and Jennifer Borislow have written a book on CDHP: “Bend the Health Care Trend.” They’re recognized experts in CDHP and workplace wellness, and experts in employee benefit planning. It explains the 3 types of CDHP and how each will work for employers and employees. (And their are real-life case studies at the end of each chapter, highlighting the principles outlined in the chapter. Very useful.)

    Comment by Liz | December 18, 2009 | Reply

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