In an interesting test of applying behavioral economics to health care, "nudging" consumers with information on insurance savings led to more shopping but not more switching on the Colorado health insurance exchange, according to research in Health Affairs.
An analysis from Blues plans in Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Montana and New Mexico finds that high deductible plans reduce health spending by 9.2% over three years, on a pre and post high deductible plan enrollment basis. Little methodological information was given so hard to evaluate credibility of the study, but the results are consistent with other findings.
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