Ridiculous Study of the Week: High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

Here you go:

study in Health Affairs examined claims data from a large national insurer for 316,244 women whose employers switched insurance coverage from low-deductible health plans (i.e., deductibles of $500 or less) to high-deductible health plans (i.e., deductibles of $1,000 or more) between 2004 and 2014. Women with low incomes who had high-deductible insurance plans waited an average of 1.6 months longer for diagnostic breast imaging, 2.7 months for first biopsy, 6.6 months for first early-stage breast cancer diagnosis and 8.7 months for first chemotherapy, compared with low-income women with low-deductible plans.

Wow, who saw this coming?

Maybe this data would change if these patients could actually shop around for realistic prices for breast imaging, biopsies and chemotherapy?

Just saying.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

  1. mamadoc
    April 25, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Gee, ya think?

  2. Robin
    April 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    What’s shocking to me is that $1000 qualifies as “high deductible.” I haven’t had a deductible below that in over 20 years…and that was at a major medical university where I did my residency.

  3. Sir Vicks
    April 22, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Definitely needs to be pointed out to employers who buy the insurance.

  4. Vincent Zeccola
    April 22, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Although there are plenty of ridiculous studies out there, and the results of this one are intuitive to those of us in the medical profession, I do not think this particular study is ridiculous, because it proves to those who design these plans how bad high-deductible plans are for the health of a population.

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