With deductibles rising 63 percent over the past five years and 43.2 percent of Americans pushed to high deductible health plans, health care consumers are experiencing increasing difficulty paying their out-of-pocket medical expenses. These expenses are so burdensome that some decide NOT to seek medical care even when it’s medically recommended. What is driving up these costs, why are there price differences, where can patients go for help, and more importantly, what are some of the solutions? Representatives of various parts the healthcare ecosystem will discuss the challenges and the solutions that reduce the cost burden and help providers giving and patients receiving care.
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