Price comparison More HDHP enrollees report searching for cost information than traditional plan enrollees, but a higher percentage of traditional plan enrollees report actually finding information when they search for it. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new survey suggests that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can be a good news/bad news proposition: although they succeed in making plan enrollees better-informed consumers, they also are associated with negative outcomes such as delaying care because of cost concerns.

The survey, conducted by Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and Greenwald & Associates, is an annual study of consumer attitudes. Now in its 14th year, the latest study surveyed more than 2,000 adults, 85 percent of whom are enrolled in employer-based health plans.

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