Continuation of Research on Consumer Directed Health Plans: Does Access to Transparent Provider Quality and Cost Information Affect Health Care Cost and Utilization of Preventive Services?. Conclusion


We looked for the effect of provider quality and efficiency rankings on expenditures and use of preventive services. The value of this analysis is to show that consumers use these rankings to engage in retail shopping for health care services. Other dependent variables can be used as well as more years of information and different benefit designs. Other insurers’ provider transparency systems could be examined and compared as well. With regard to policy implications, the Bush Administration’s push for transparency appears to have merit. Although the results are quite early, they show promise and suggest that additional information on price and quality can indeed by processed by consumers to serve their interests in gaining more value from their health insurance benefits

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