High-deductible plans linked to fewer preventive services

High-deductible health plans are significantly decreasing healthcare spending, but they are also linked to patients cutting back on preventive healthcare services--such as childhood immunizations, cancer screenings and routine tests for diabetes, reports FierceHealthcare. In one of the largest assessments of these plans, the RAND Corporation studied more than 800,000 families nationwide and found that when individuals shifted into health plans with deductibles of at least $1,000 per person, their health spending dropped by an average of 14 percent in comparison to those families with lower-deductible plans. --Read the full article at FierceHealthcare