High-deductible health plans erect ‘barriers’ to comprehensive care for cancer survivors

Patients with cancer enrolled in high-deductible health-care plans paid, on average, nearly 70% more in out-of-pocket medical expenses annually than those in low-deductible plans, according to a study in JAMA Oncology.
Oncology visits did not statistically differ between the two groups, but patients in high-deductible health-care plans (HDHP) made fewer visits to primary care physicians and noncancer specialists.
“Cancer survivors face unique and lifelong health challenges related to cancer and its treatment,” Nicolas K. Trad, MD, clinical fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital,

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