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Health Plans Prepare for Health Care Reform: Comparative Effectiveness, Consumerism Drive Future Changes, According to Deloitte Study
Date:6/4/2009

SAN DIEGO, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As the administration moves forward with health care reform, U.S. heath plans are bracing for change. New research released this week by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions at America's Health Insurance Plans Institute conference in San Diego highlights how comparative effectiveness and consumerism will challenge the status quo of the existing health care system.

During a time when the majority of U.S. consumers (84 percent) believe that the current economic conditions will make it harder for consumers to pay their medical bills, nearly 40 percent of consumers (70 percent of the uninsured) are already forgoing care when they are sick or injured, according to the Deloitte 2009 Survey of Health Care Consumers.

Recognizing the significance of health care reform required to fix the U.S. health care system, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions profiled the comparative effectiveness systems of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany to better understand how comparative effectiveness may affect the U.S. system. The study, "Comparative Effectiveness: Perspectives for Consideration," available at (www.deloitte.com/us/comparativeeffectivenessreport), concludes that if implemented correctly, comparative effectiveness has the potential to improve care and reduce health care costs for Americans.

Deloitte examined three clinical examples of comparative effectiveness studies across the four countries' national programs. The three examples are diagnostic screening detection (colon cancer), a medication (the use of statins for treatment of elevated cholesterol) and a surgical procedure (treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia).

"The results of our study demonstrate that, while the lessons from the other countries' approaches to comparative effectiveness are
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