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September 01, 2004

Consumer health plans divide risk pool

Consumer directed plans -- high-deductible catastrophic plans accompanied with a savings or spending account -- are gaining in popularity because they are less expensive. Traditional group plan premiums are lower because risk is spread among the healthy, sick, young and old -- the healthy, in effect, subsidize care for the sick. If healthy people choice consumer directed plans, the group plan is left with more sick people -- raising healthcare costs and premiums.

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Posted by Tom Troceen


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