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Consumer-driven Healthcare (Jan/Feb 2008): Doctor’s Digest® - Your Guide to Practice Management

Doctor’s Digest®

Bridging the gap…between the business of medicine and the practice of medicine.

Jan / Feb 2008: Consumer-driven Healthcare

Consumer-driven Healthcare

While there are many opinions about solutions, most would agree that the U.S. healthcare system needs major repair. Healthcare expenses are up while reimbursements for physicians are down. Medical breakthroughs improve the prognosis for a wide range of illnesses and conditions, but too many people lack access to basic, preventive care.

In this issue of Doctor’s Digest, we take a look at one of the latest approaches to solving the healthcare crisis in our country: consumer-driven healthcare, or CDHC. These insurance plans offer patients lower monthly premiums and the option of setting up a tax-free Health Savings Account in exchange for higher out-of-pocket expenses. The idea is to apply “consumerism” to healthcare–encouraging patients to seek out high-quality, cost-effective treatment.

What do physicians need to know about CDHC? How will it affect the business and practice of medicine? How does redefining “patients” as “consumers” affect the physician-patient relationship?

In This Issue:

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