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Skyocketing Health-Care Costs Could Double Premiums for Many Americans
Date:1/28/2009

heir own health care through health savings accounts (HSAs) or other consumer-driven health-care plans.

"It is a lot more efficient to pay cash at the time of service then to process it through some insurance mechanism," Scandlen said. "You can get a dollar's worth of care for a dollar by paying at the time of service."

Scandlen thinks that giving people control over their health-care dollars helps consumers make better choices with medications and procedures, particularly when the money is coming out of their own pocket.

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For more on health-care costs, visit the U.S. PIRG.



SOURCES: Larry C. McNeely II, Health Care Advocate, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Washington, D.C.; Greg Scandlen, founder, Consumers for Health Care Choices, Hagerstown, Md.; Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Jan. 28, 2009, report, Health Care in Crisis: How Special Interests Could Double Health Costs and How We Can Stop It


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