Insuring Your Health: Consumers Don't View Curbing Costs As Their Job When Choosing Treatments, Study Finds

In her latest Kaiser Health News consumer column, Michelle Andrews writes: "In recent years, consumers have increasingly been encouraged by employers and insurers to help control rising health care costs by avoiding unnecessary tests, buying generic drugs and reducing visits to the emergency room, among other things. The hope is that a patient better educated and more engaged in health decisions will choose options that will promote better health and decrease costs" (Andrews, 3/12). Read the column.

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