Among a survey of physicians, 80% say patients have refused or delayed care care due to the cost, and 79% say that HDHPs are to blame.

Employers looking to curb the cost of health care may be deploying more high-deductible health plans (HDHP), but the resulting price concerns may be doing more harm than good, and not just because of patients delaying care.

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) published a new survey this month conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, which solicited responses from more than 700 independent physicians who are not currently employed by a hospital or health system. Per the report, the average deductible for covered workers has risen 212% between 2008 and 2018, with premiums for employer-sponsored insurance increasing by 55% during the same period.

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