The authors caution that more research is needed to understand the relationship between HDHPs and patient outcomes, especially with regard to the impact of social determinants of health.

High-deductible health plans and other increased cost-sharing strategies were supposed to make consumers become more involved in and aware of their health care decisions. While the wealth of data thus far has shown that hasn't been the case, there are still some indicators that in some cases, at least, HPDPs have had their intended effect.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.