Are high-deductible plans driving the rise in hospital spending?
Regarding the recent article “Healthcare spending rises 5.5% while rest of economy sputters” (Modern Healthcare.com, April 29), I wonder if the rise in hospital costs could be related to the rapid growth of highdeductible health plans. The plans would be expected to suppress healthcare spending in the short run, but as people’s chronic illnesses catch up to them and they start to develop complications, it should lead to rising ER and hospital costs after a few years.
Could this be what we are seeing? If so, it will only get worse in the coming years.
Dr. Stephen Kemble Assistant clinical professor
of medicine University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine