As health costs rise, patients cut back

It's no surprise: as health costs rise, consumers are cutting back on the services they use. For example, physician office visits fell 1.2 percent between July 2007 and 2008, according to one study. Even more telling, during the first half of 2008, the number of prescriptions filled in the U.S. fell, the first such fall in 10 years. These patterns seem to extend even to patients with solid coverage and relatively low deductibles, analysts say. Article

Suggested Articles

An ACA public option could lead to lower premiums for commercial plans by sparking more competition, an analysis found.

Centene Corporation posted $95 million in profit for the third quarter of 2019, which skyrocketed from $19 million in the third quarter of 2018.

A KHN investigation found that manufacturers, hospitals, doctors and some patient advocates have put marketing muscle behind 3D mammograms.