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Consumer-driven health care


  • Here are entered works on a system of health care aimed at controlling costs and improving quality by encouraging greater decision making on the part of patients through the provision of flexible health insurance plans, tax-sheltered savings accounts for health expenses, and more information about services.

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    • Consumer-directed health care
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  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: 2006214973: Consumer-directed health care (Westchester, Ill.), 2006.
    • found: Brownlee, S. Overtreated, 2007:p. 64 ("All of which points to one of several weaknesses in the new health care reform movement called 'consumer-driven health care.' Backed largely by political conservatives and free marketeers, consumer-driven health care is aimed at improving quality and bringing down health care costs by putting more decisions in the hands of patients. In consumer-driven health plans, insurers offer lower health insurance premiums in return for high deductibles, on the order of four thousand dollars a year. The idea here is that if patients have more 'skin in the game,' or more of a financial stake in their care, they will pay more attention to cost and quality.")
    • found: New England journal of medicine, Oct. 26, 2006:vol. 355, p. 1756 (Consumer-directed health care)
    • found: Garafalo, L. Understanding consumer-directed health care, 2003:p. 2 ("Consumer 'directed' and consumer 'driven' health care seem to be the terms used most often [...] Consumer directed health care assumes that people will take more responsibility for the health care that is made available to them by physicians, hospitals, HMOs, health insurance plans, and even by their own employers. It assumes that a sense of consumerism will pervade the health insurance marketplace stimulated by consumer access to cost and quality information about providers. Finally, it assumes that consumers will be given more flexibility and more choice -- of health plans, of providers, of services to which they will have access and, indeed utilize. Consumer directed health care envisions a world of increased accountability in which well-armed consumers will use the forces of an open marketplace to determine which medical providers will flourish and which will survive.")
    • found: Google search, Dec. 14, 2007("consumer-driven health": 304,000 hits; "consumer-directed health: 215,000 hits)
    • notfound: MeSH browser, Dec. 7, 2007
  • LC Classification

    • RA416.3-RA416.5
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on a system of health care aimed at controlling costs and improving quality by encouraging greater decision making on the part of patients through the provision of flexible health insurance plans, tax-sheltered savings accounts for health expenses, and more information about services.
  • Change Notes

    • 2007-12-07: new
    • 2008-01-29: revised
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