Can Consumers Truly Shop for Health Care?

The consumer-driven health care concept isn’t new.

It’s been around for over a decade when a handful of businesses started offering their employees health plans with low premiums, high-deductibles and tax-exempt savings accounts. There has been steady adoption of this consumer-driven health care model ever since.

One of the ideas behind the initiative was — and still is today — to encourage employees to make educated decisions surrounding their health care. Would they be more judicious with their health care decisions, even evaluating their options before seeing a provider? That was the hope — and why HDHPs are sometimes referred to as consumer-directed health plans.

But fast forward 15 years, can consumers adequately direct their health care spending to the most effective and efficient services? Is pricing transparency available, and equipping consumers to compare one health care providers’ service to another’s? Can there be true health care consumerism without cost/pricing transparency?

In our white paper, “Can Consumers Truly Shop for Health Care,” we present an aggregation of data that demonstrates that without health care transparency, consumers can’t truly shop for their medical services. We take a look at:

  • Health Care and Transparency
  • Shifting From Health Savings Accounts to Health Spending Accounts
  • Navigating Today’s Health Care
  • Employer Benefits of Supporting Consumerism

Employers and employees have a common goal – to reduce health care costs and improve health. Dive deeper into these topics by downloading the white paper.

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