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Researchers have found evidence that increasing consumers’ out-of-pocket health care costs may really mobilize them to make providers more budget-conscious.

Paul Fronstin, an analyst at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), and Anne Elmlinger, an analyst at Greenwald & Associates, have published figures supporting the power of “skin in the game” in a report based on data from an Internet survey of about 2,000 U.S. adults with commercial health coverage.

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