The rise of high-deductible plans coupled with health savings accounts or health reimbursementaccounts has consumers more invested in their health care costs. More consumers are lookingfor information from providers on how to lower costs – but many arenot finding it, according to a HealthMine survey of 750 consumers age 64-yearsor younger enrolled in a sponsored insurance plan.

Another HealthMine survey of 500 Medicare enrollees shows thateven fewer in that group are getting the information they need fromproviders on how to reduce costs.

Nearly half (47 percent) of Medicare enrollees want to beinformed about how to lower health care costs, but only 11 percentare getting that information. For plan members 64-years-old andunder, 54 percent desire that information, but only 29 percentreceive cost guidance today.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.