Are high-de­ductible plans driv­ing the rise in hos­pi­tal spend­ing?

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

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

Honolulu

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