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Date:4/3/2013

ordable options possible.

Overall, CDHPs do seem to offer a cost savings to patients, he said, but only because the high deductibles discourages patients from seeking care. That, in turn, can create health problems down the road.

Sood's study is the latest in a series examining CDHPs, which have recently gained traction in the health insurance market. In 2006, CDHPs made up 4 percent of the total employer-provided heath insurance plans in the U.S. By 2010the latest date that statistics were availablethat had jumped to 17 percent.

"CDHPs are gaining market share and the trend will likely continue. We need more aggressive price and quality transparency initiatives coupled with high deductibles to increase consumerism in health care" Sood said.


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Contact: Robert Perkins
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213-740-9226
University of Southern California
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