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Consumer-Directed Health Care Early Evidence Shows Lower Costs, Mixed Effects on Quality of Care

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): RAND Corporation

Author(s): Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin; Amelia Haviland; Cheryl L. Damberg

Funder(s): RAND Corporation

Funder(s): RAND Corporation

Topic: Health (Quality of health care)

Abstract:

This research brief summarizes research on the effect of enrollment in consumer-directed health care (involving plans with high deductibles -- $1,000 or more annually) on the use, cost, and quality of medical care.